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BLICATION DAY 
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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair BenshoflF 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 
Woman's Missionary Society . .Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization . . Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board ....Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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and the last week in December by: 

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Vice President; H. D. Hunter, Secretary-Treasurer. 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "A Formula for Survival" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Daily Devotions — January 15-21 6 

News from the Brethren 7 

Memorials 7 

"The Holy Spirit at Work", Part One- 
Rev. Percy C. Miller 8 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 10 

Sunday School Suggestions 11 

Spiritual Meditations 11 

Publication Day Offering Promotional Section ... 12 

Pr-yer Meeting Bible Study 17 

Woman's Missionary Society 18 

World Religious News in Review 19 

The Brethren Layman 20 

The Brethren Youth 22 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 

PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING 

Be sure to read the articles in this issue, begin- 
ning on page 12, by some of our denominational key 
leaders as they express themselves on the needs of 
our publication work. 

Be sure also to read the two-color folder distrib- 
uted through your church this month entitled, "Plain 
Facts About your Publishing Company in Ashland, 
Ohio." 

The above material presents the needs of Breth- 
ren publications at this time when the Church lifts 
its annual Publication Day offering. We do appre- 
ciate your support. 



Lord, help me always to be kind, 

To folks about me everywhere. 

For most have troubles, too, I find, 

And need a friendly hand or word of prayer. 

Lord, give me Thy milk of kindness, 
Let my starved soul upon it feed. 
Lest weakened by selfish blindness, 
I fail to see another's utter need. 

Loi-d, keep my heart with kindness fraught, 
That I may much to others give, 
Such kindness as Thy Love hath wrought, 
And thus, O Lord, through Thee, learn how to live. 
Grover E. Swoyer. 



CHRIST HELPS US 

When we face temptation . . . 

Read I Corinthians 10:13 
When we are worried . . . 

When we lack wisdom 

When we are afraid . . 

When we are weak . . 

When we are mocked . 



Read Matthew 6:25-33 
Read James 1:5 
Read Matthew 14:27 
Read II Corinthians 12:9 
Read Matthew 5:10, 11 



You cannot have a spotless character and soul 1 
if you leave righteousness out and harbor sin with- 



THE BIBLE 
Maxwell C. Heath 

A lamp to my feet, a light to my path, 
A rest to my soul through the tempest's fierce blast; 
A storehouse of treasure, pure nuggets of gold; 
A chart and a compass till safe in the fold. 

— Selected. 



If you would have good neighbors, then try to 
be the best neighbor in all the neighborhood. 



Jaiuiaiy 6, 1962 



Pagi' riiife 




itor's 



formula 
Survival 



As THESE WORDS are being 
written, Americans are in 
the last throes of preparation 
for Christmas 1961. Yet, our 
thoughts are pi'ojected on into 
the year 1962, as this Editorial 
is for the first issue of the new 
year. By tlie pressure of dead- 
lines, we must need write for the 
new year before the old year has 
passed. By the same token, we 
can think back over the pass- 
ing year, noting its crises, its 
joys and its moments of anxiety, 
and the same time we can look 
forward into the new year and 
speculate on what the year 
might bring forth. 

We are not unmindful that it 
has been said that this year 1962 
might well determine whether or 
not human life can continue up- 
on this earth. (See Editorial for 
December 23rd.) Which brings 
to mind a fictional story we read 
recently in a national magazine 
which points up a supreme point 
of Christian theology for sur- 
vival upon the earth. 

It seems, according to this 
story, that in the world some 
twenty years from now there 
was a continuing threat of nu- 
clear war. A new threat to world 
peace had arisen in the form of 
China and the nations of Africa 
— they having launched into or- 
bit nuclear weapons which could, 
at any moment be called from 
the heavens upon any city in the 



world. In one instance it had 
been done, and a complete city 
wiped out. Heads of sixteen na- 
tions seeking peace had banded 
together to, once and for all, de- 
termine the one thing which 
could guarantee peace upon the 
earth. 

To do this, they constructed 
a great electronic computer 
which took six months to build. 
Into this machine they fed in- 
formation on the religions of the 
world, the philosophies of man, 
the causes, aims and ambitions 
of the thousands of wars which 
had occurred upon the earth, and 
the results of these manj' con- 
flicts. For a year and a half they 
fed information into the machine 
and the great machine whined 
and groaned as its innards 
worked to produce the answer 
sought b,v these leaders. 

Finall.v, on Christmas Eve, it 
appeared the machine was about 
read.v to deliver its printed mes- 
sage which would enlighten 
these concerned leaders on eradi- 
cating the threat of nuclear war 
upon the earth. What would the 
great machine produce as its an- 
swer? What great social, eco- 
nomic, international reforms or 
philosophies would the machine 
suggest as a result of tabulating 
and calculating all of the history 
of mankind upon the earth. 

The solemn moment arrived, 
and sixteen sheets of paper 



folded and sealed in sixteen en- 
velopes were delivered from the 
machine each bearing the same 
message. As each leader received 
his envelope, the atmosphere was 
tense in the room where thoy 
were gathered. Here was to be 
the final answer to nuclear war 
— the one thing which would as- 
sure continuance of life upon the 
earth. As a result of the year 
and a half of studying the aims, 
hopes, struggles and failures of 
man's effort at peace, here was, 
finally, the answer. 

As each man opened his en- 
velope and unfolded his piece of 
paper he found that the machine 
had printed no great detailed re- 
poi't on armaments, politics or 
balance of power — only the 
words, "Love one another." 

Only a fictional story, but 
don't you think it echoes what 
the Christian faith has been 
teaching all these years? As v/e 
face this new year, with its un- 
certainties and dangers, we can 
do no better than to recognize 
the source of love — even God, 
for the scriptures say that God 
is love. Christ, in the hearts of 
men, turning them from hate to 
love is the one way to peace up- 
on the earth among nations. 
Very simple, isn't it, for this 
is in the message the Lord told 
us to teach — "Go ye and teach 
all nations" — that peace cometh 
through Me, the Christ, the Son 
of God? W. S. B. 



The Brethren Evangelist 





REPORTING FROM NIGERIA 

Part I 



The articles that will appear in the following issues of the EVANGELIST 
on our mission pages, entitled "Reporting From Nigeria," are shared with 
us by the Church of the Brethren, Foreign Mission Commission. It would be 
well to file these articles for your personal reference concerning work in Ni- 
geria. 



TN JANUARY, 1961, the Mission be- 
gan operating under its new organi- 
zational plan. With necessary adjust- 
ments, interpretations, and definitions, 
it can be reported that the plan has 
worked out very well. 

As a result of the United Nations 
Plebescite the Northern Cameroons 
Ti-ust Teri-itory became the Sardauna 
Province of Nigeria. Its northern half 
contains approximately a quarter of 
a million people and its provincial 
headquarters is located in the city 
of Mubi where the Church of the 
Brethren has had work for many 
years. Mubi is especially interesting 
to us because of its great growth in 
size and importance. Here we have 
an opportunity for our first serious 
urban work in Nigeria. We are thrilled 
with the prospects of things to come 
in this new province. 

Some of the Brethren teachers and 
church leaders are among the best 
educated people in our area of Ni- 
geria. Therefore, both government and 
industry look to these people as a 
source of supply for qualified person- 
nel. We are constantly "losing" well- 
qualified persons for these other areas 



of service. However, we view these 
not only with a sense of loss, but 
with a sense of gratitude, for we 
recognize that these people who have 
been trained under Christian influence 
have an opportunity to serve and wit- 
ness in these new fields. 

One of the most urgent needs fac- 
ing the mission program today is !.o 
increase the staff of missionaries qual- 
ified to be assigned to church and 
evangelistic responsibilities. 

While we have had twelve persons 
listed as churchmen, no more than 
five men were able to give attention 
to church work during this past year. 
Furloughs and other mission assign- 
ments have brought about this un- 
fortunate condition. Not only do we 
need missionaries who can do station 
and district work but we also need 
some who can teach in the Bible 
School and assist in the adult educa- 
tion program. A gi-owing concern js 
felt in the area of Christian family 
life. 

The Church of the Brethren has now 
invested a total of $11,000 in the 
Theological College of Northern Ni- 
geria. It is growing rapidly and is 



expected to move from temporary 
quarters to its permanent site at Bu- 
kuru in December. We have before 
us now a very urgent request from 
the board of governors that the Breth- 
ren provide one staif member for the 
faculty. This, we believe, is a tre- 
mendous opportunity. 

An analysis of congregational re- 
ports shows some trends which may 
prove to be significant. 

1. Twenty of the 24 congregations 
reported church farms or a system of 
giving proportionate produce, as a 
means of stewardship. 

2. There was an increase of more 
than twenty per cent in the average 
giving of the members for all pur- 
poses. 

3. A huge increase in the number of 
children consecrated and the number 
of church weddings suggested both a 
more established church and an in- 
creasing number of Christian homes. 

4. Although total baptisms showed 
a significant drop from the previous 
year, every congregation showed some 
growth. The fact that eastern area 
churches showed the biggest increases 
and yet low average giving, suggests 



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again the ti-emendous need for lead- 
ership in disciplining these growing 
young congregations. 

5. Although the number of out-vil- 
lage classes increased, the average 
number of persons enrolled decreased. 
This reflects a changing pattern in 
out-village work concentrating on 
adults. 

The Lassa Church, one of the oldest 
in our area, became the first to de- 
cide to change pastors. The Nigerian 
decision did not reflect any particular 
failure on the part of the pastor, but 
rather the general feeling of the con- 
gregation that it was time for a 
change if their church was to grow. 

Twenty-one of the Nigeria leaders 
representing all but two of the min- 
isters and most of the evangelists, 
experienced a real spiritual uplift 
when they participated in the Chris- 
tian Leaders Conference, sponsored by 
the Pocket Testament League. About 
eight-hundred Christian leaders from 



THE CHURCH IN NIGERIA 



1959-60 



Membership (Sept. 1) 

Baptized during year 

Covenants 

Average Attendance 

Preaching Points 

Classes of Religious Instruction 

CRI Enrollment 

Total Giving 

Giving by congregations varies from $.29 to 



6,684 


6,649 


1,712 


1,231 


2,396 


1,575 


18,089 


19,055 


290 


245 


143 


172 


3,694 


3,822 


$9,469 


$11,594 


1.37 per person. 





the Northern Region attended the con- 
ference. 

Two students from our district com- 
pleted their third year at the Theo- 
logical College in Northern Nigeria, 
and the Church is looking forward lo 
welcoming them back at the end of 
1962. It is expected that at least five 
new Brethren students will enter in 
1962. 

The district sponsored two evan- 
gelistic projects. The larger was in 



the Shani area south of Marama. 
Three evangelists (two of them also 
operate small medical dressing sta- 
tions) were sent into the area. In 
addition, a primary school was opened 
in which the teacher is a pi-omising 
ministerial licentiate. The smaller 
area is the Wagga tribal area, eight- 
een miles northeast of Gulak, in which 
almost no Christian work had been 
done. 



PARDON MOI 

It appears that the administrative 
assistant (that's me) must admit an 
error ! ! ! 

On page 110 in the new 1961-62 
Brethren Annual I failed to list the 
Charles Krafts as missionaries, along 
with the other missionaries and work- 
ers, and their respective fields of ser- 
vice. 

Reverend and Mrs. Charles Kraft 
have been granted a one year leave 
of absence by the Missionary Board 
and they are spending the year, or 
most of it, at Hartford, Connecticut 
where Chuck is writing his disserta- 
tion for his doctorate. 

You can write to the Krafts at the 
following address: 

Reverend and Mrs. Charles Kraft 
544 Spindle Hill Rd. 
Wolcott 16, Connecticut. 



ROWSEYS ARRIVE 
John and Regina Rowsey and chil- 
dren arrived in the States on furlough 
December 17, from Buenos Aires, Ar- 
gentina. 

We are grateful to God for His 
providential care. 



WOULD YOU DARE? 

The plan of your local church to 
support the outreach program of your 
denomination is not meeting with the 
fulfillment anticipated. What wouid 
your church do ? You have said, "We 
are going to give $2000.00 for home 
missions and church extension", but 
you are drawing close to the end of 
the year and have only one half of 
that amount to support this phase 
of outreach. What would you do? 
Would you dare to borrow $1000.00 jn 
order to carry out what you had 
planned to do for the outreach work 



of your denomination. Would your 
church feel this kind of responsibility 
and dare to have the courage to take 
such action ? 

Boards and districts frequently bor- 
row money in order that their out- 
reach may not need to be curtailed. 
Recently, I read where a few local 
congregations had borrowed money to 
fulfill what they felt was their re- 
sponsibility to the outreach of their 
denominational witness. Would you 
dare to follow their example? 

W. Clayton Berkshire. 



MY SHARE 

I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren churches by 
giving $10.00 or more for each new church project. It is my under- 
standing that I will be called upon for this contribution not more 
than twice in any one year. I further understand that if I am un- 
able to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my obligation. 



Signed 
Address 



Church 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for January— "OF WRITTEN TRUTH" 



Writer for January— DR. JOHN F. LOCKE 
January 15th through 21st— "The Written Truth" 



January 15, 1962 
Read Scripture: Exodus 20:1-21 

Scripture Verse: And He gave unto 
Moses ... two tables of testimony, 
tables of stone, written with the finger 
of God. Exodus 31:18. 

Some of the most influential writing 
in the world is found in the Ten Com- 
mandments. They underlie personal 
and social well-being. Former Presi- 
dent of Harvard, Conant, said, not 
long ago, that we have to learn again 
that right is an ethical as well as a 
mathematical term! Macauley tells of 
some who drew up a system of ethics 
from the poetry of Lord Byron "com- 
pounded of miasanthropy and volup- 
tiousness — a system in whicli the two 
great commandments were to hate 
your neighbor and love your neigh- 
bor's wife". Today the experiment in 
ethics being tried by part of the world, 
is based upon Karl Marx, and in the 
U. S. movie stars' morals are followed 
slavishly with the result: moral mo- 
rons! Luther was right when he said: 
"There never was at any time writ- 
ten a more excellent, complete, or 
compenduous book of virtues than the 
Ten Commandments". Yet some peo- 
ple do not even know where to find 
them in the Bible! 

The Day's Thought 

Christ the Living Word is greater 
than the most influential written 
words. 

January 16, 1962 
Read Scripture: Romans 15:1-13 

Scripture Verse: Whatsoever things 
were written aforetime were written 
for our learning, that we through pa- 
tience and comfort of the scriptures 
might have hope. Romans 15:4. 

A few years ago I went to hear 
Dr. Homrighausen of Princeton speak 
on Christian hope. It was a remark- 
able address in that it ran an hour and 
forty-five minutes and seemed so 



.short! One does not exhaust the sub- 
ject in an hour and forty-five min- 
utes for this statement from St. Paul 
reminds us that much has been writ- 
ten to bolster that hope. There is no 
place to go for hope like the great 
literature of mankind beginning with 
the Holy Scriptures. The answer •"o 
the world's hopelessness and chaos is 
to know what good men have thought 
and what God has inspired them lo 
write concerning truth... what they 
saw and knew about life. In a world 
of good literature isn't it a sin to 
read trash ? What an upsurge to learn- 
ing and freedom came with the in- 
vention of movable type! Printing 
can serve God or the devil . . . tyi'anny 
or freedom. How does it serve you 
and your home ? 

The Day's Thought 
The wonderful world of books 
awaits my exploration. . .but I have 
an obligation to provide Christian lit- 
erature to those peoples now emerging 
from illiteracy. 

January 17, 1962 
Read Scripture: Mark 10:17-31 

Scripture Verse: Be ye therefore 
very courageous to keep and to do all 
that is written in the book of the law 
of Moses. Joshua 23:6. 

Christian conduct calls for courage 
just as in Joshua's day in the con- 
(juest of Canaan called for courage. 
The Hebrews were to go into a land 
inhabited by those who worshipped 
various divinities. Today, as then, 
courage is required to avoid being sub- 
verted from the truth. Some of the 
commands of Jesus are hard com- 
mands. How can we obey such com- 
mands as: Go, sell what you have; 
Follow me; Love your neighbor; Do 
not give dogs what is holy; Love your 
enemies; Do not be anxious; Believe 
in me; Have faith in God; Be perfect 
... if we do not know them by read- 



ing our Lord's life and teachings in 
the Gospel? After knowing, courage 
is required to translate what we know 
into action on the day-to-day right- 
where- we-are-level. 

The Day's Thought 
The knowledge of God's will and the 
courage to do it makes every new ex- 
perience a conquest of the Promised 
Land. 

January 18, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 20:24-31 

Scripture Verse: These are written 
that ye might believe that Jesus is 
the Christ, the Son of God, and that 
believing ye might have life through 
His name. John 20:31, 

The verse above tells why John 
wrote the story of Jesus. It reminds 
us that much more could have been 
written. It's a condensation. The 
Reader's Digest sent out an adver- 
tisement recently telling why one 
should subscribe. Reasons: "Gives you 
the 'cream' from more than 500 pub- 
lications; Saves your time; Keeps you 
up-to-date; conveniently sized; Ex- 
clusive features; Nourishes the heart; 
Stops mental stagnation; Splendid 
book condensations"! The Gospel John 
wrote will always be up-to-date; it 
belongs to some of the best writing 
in the world; you may not only save 
your time but your eternity by read- 
ing it; For nourishing the heart it is 
unsurpassed! A lot of people have 
stopped mental and moral stagnation 
by getting to know its exclusive per- 
sonal glimpse of Jesus and have found 
it the "best advice I ever had". 

The Day's Thought 

No writer ever had a nobler pur- 
pose than that which led to the writ- 
ing of the Gospel according to St. 
John. Now what is the gospel ac- 
cording to me ? 

January 19, 1962 
Read Scripture: Matt. 4:1-11 

Scripture Verse: Thou shalt worship 
the Lord thy God, and him only shalt 
thou serve. Matt. 4:10. 

"If I were the Devil" was a sermon 
title which fascinated me. Among 
other things the preacher said he 
would do if he were the devil trying 
to turn the U. S. into a Communist 
hell were: "Cultivate among the peo- 
ple the idea that the individual is 
nothing; Get elected to office on the 
promise of helping everybody at some- 
body else's expense; Increase size and 
scope of government; Create a gov- 
ernment strong enough to give the 



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citizens everything tliey want, thus 
I could create a g-ovemment strong 
enough to talte from them everything 
they have; Gradually raise taxes to 
100% of income (we are one-third of 
the way there now) . . .do you see any 
similarities to what we have been do- 
ing for the last thirty years?" The 
Devil must laugh often and heartily 
at smart moderns who are taken in 
by him while they deny his very ex- 
istence. 

The Day's Thought 
Jesus met each of the Devil's clever 
proposals with truths from God's word 
and so can any of us if we are not 
ignorant of His Word. 

January 20, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 18:31-43 

Scripture Verse: Behold, we go up 
to Jerusalem, and all things that are 
written by the prophets concerning 
the Son of Man shall be accomplished. 
Luke 18:31. 

I see by the local papers that the 
Lions Club initiated some new mem- 
bers last week by blindfolding them 
and making them eat their dessert 
that way in order to impress upon 
them the importance of the Lion's 
sight conservation program. What will 
it take to impress upon Christians 
the importance of wholesome reading 
. . .for themselves and for the world's 
peoples who are even now emerging 
from the darkness of illiteracy. A 
publishing company reports that polls 
indicate that Christian adults average 
less than one Christian book a year. 
There are people in other parts of the 
world who have just acquired the abil- 
ity to read and Communists are see- 
ing to it that they have something red 
to read. Here we often live in intel- 
lectual darkness with eyes wide open. 
Why? 

The Day's Thought 

I shall emulate the ex-blind man 
by following Jesus and praising God. 

January 21, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 13:16-30 

Scripture Verse: And when they had 
fulfilled all that was written of Him, 
they took Him down from the tree, 
and laid Him in a sepulchre. Acts 
13:29. 

Those who engineered the crucifi- 
xion of Jesus Christ had no idea that 
they were fulfilling scripture. "None 
are ,so blind as those who will not see". 
And what can blind one so quickly 
and completely as hate ? Hate drops 
a heavy curtain to shut out under- 



standing, but so can ignorance. The 
Holy Scriptures deal with one great 
line of thought, namely the History of 
Redemption which culminates in the 
triumph of the Crucified Savior. Dr. 
Dinsmore of Yale used to say there 
are four first rank examples of great 
literature: The Iliad, The Divine 
Comedy, Shakespeare's tragedies and 
the Bible. The Bible is so far ahead 



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Bethlehem, Virginia. Dr. John F. 
Locke reports the baptism of five new 
members on December 10th. Brother 
Robert Hofi'man performed the baptis- 
mal rites. 

Oak Hill, W. Va. WOAY devotional 
speaker on December 11th was Broth- 
er M. W. Dodds. 

Linwood, Maryland. The Laymen's 
public service was scheduled for De- 
cember 31st. 

Waynesboro, Penna. (Wayne 
Heights). Brother Richard Allison re- 
ports the baptism and reception of 
seven new members on December 3rd, 
and one new member by letter. 

Johnstown, Penna. (Second). Con- 
gratulations are in order for Brother 
and Sister Charles Lowmaster upon 
the arrival, on December 14th, of four 
pound, eleven ounce, Rebecca Joan 
Lowmaster. Brotlier Lowmaster says 
that, "Both Bobbie and Rebecca are 
doing fine." 

Smithville, Ohio. Brother Donald 
Rowser reports the reception of two 
new members by letter on December 
10th. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. Brother El- 
mer M. Keck reports the reception of 
one new member on December 10th. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Ashland Semi- 
nary student, Thomas A. Schultz was 
guest speaker in the Pleasant Hill 
church on November 26th. 

Gratis, Ohio. Pastor A. J. Tinkel 
was guest speaker at the youth ser- 
vice and the evening service of the 
Eaton Church of the Brethren on De- 
cember 10th. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother Virgil 
Ingraham reports the reception of ten 
new members on December 10th. 



of the rest that they seem small. It 
deals with life, human passions, the 
thirst for God, and most of all with 
Him who came to save us, the Living 
Word. 

The Day's Thought 
The Bible helps us to see ourselves 
and to see what we might become 
by seeing" Jesus Christ and the mean- 
ing of His mission to mankind. 






Falls City, Nebraska. Brother Rob- 
ert G. Holsinger reports the baptism 
and reception of five new members by 
baptism and one by relation. 

Fort Scott, Kansas. Brother Ken- 
neth Howard notes tliat their Lay- 
men's public service was scheduled 
for the evening of December 28th, 
with Holy Land slides by Rev. Fred 
Jones featured on the program. 

Tempe, Arizona (Papago Park). Re- 
vival services as announced in the 
Evangelist, last issue, have been post- 
poned until the week of January 21st. 



Memorials 

KRIDLER. Ralph Kridler, long time 
member and officer in the Pleasant 
View Brethren Church went to be with 
the Loi'd late in November. Services 
held Dec. 3rd. 

James I. Naff, Pastor. 



ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE FOUND 
NEAR ROME 

ROME (EP) —Excavations have 
unearthed the remains of a monu- 
mental synagogue near here, built 
some 200 to 500 years before Christ. 
The discovei-y was made near Ostia 
Antica, the harbor of Ancient Rome. 

Experts said the structure probably 
was one of the oldest Jewish monu- 
ments, second only to the Wailing 
Wall, a fragment of the Jerusalem 
Temple destroyed by the Emperor 
Titus. They estimated that the syna- 
gogue dated from the 2nd to the 
5th Century, B. C. 



Page Eight 



rhe Brethren Evangelist 



Conference Inspirdtional Messages 



THE HOLY SPIRIT 



Part One 



THE HOLY SPIRIT is God. The Holy Spirit has a 
a work just as definite and as essential as the work 
of the Father and the Son. Yet, no truth of the Christian 
faith is so neglected as the truth regarding the Holy 
Spirit. The Church says in its creed: "I believe in the 
Holy Ghost," but does it? This is the dispensation of 
the Holy Spirit, and the Church is meant to be under His 
domination and His direction, but is it? The Church 's 
the home of the Holy Spirit, yet in His own home He s 
largely unknown and unrecognized. 

Such neglect is sin. It is sin because we ignore His 
place in the Godhead. He is equal with the Father and 
with the Son; He should be equally loved and known as 
the Father and the Son. It is sin because we overlook 
His place in redemption. Redemption is planned by the 
Father. Redemption is provided in the Son. Redemption 
is applied only by the Holy Spirit. The dispensation of 
the Holy Spirit is from the day of Pentecost. This was 
when the Church began. This dispensation is to continue 
until our Lord's return. Then the Church will be com- 
pleted. There are those who feel that when we mention 
the Holy Spirit we dishonor the Son. This is not so. 
There is no jealousy in the Godhead. In the Godhead there 
is complete cooperation. As the Son came to reveal and 
glorify the Father, so the Holy Spirit came to reveal 
and glorify the Son. 

Now, what is the result of the sin of this neglect? It 
is the present-day Church. We have a picture of that 
Church given to us in Revelation 3. Against it the Head 
of the Church makes two indictments: 

(1) that of indifference. He says that it is neither 
hot or cold, but it is lukewarm. "I would that thou wert 
cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and 
neither cold or hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." 

(2) that of ignorance. "Thou sayest, I am rich," is 
what the Church says today. It is self-satisfied. The 
Church says, "I am rich, and increased with goods and 
have need of nothing." The Head of the Church says, 
"And knoweth not that thou art wretched, and miserable, 
and poor, and blind, and naked?" "Thou art blind," then 
how can you open the eyes of blind sinners? "Thou art 
poor," then how can you let paupers know of the riches 
there are in Christ? "Thou art naked," then how can 
you help others to be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus 
Christ ? 

This picture of the present-day Church is the picture 
of the Church without the Holy Spirit. As we study we 
find that God is not satisfied with anything less than 
a life filled with the Holy Spirit. So I ask you: Is your 



life a Spirit-filled life ? Will you face that question before 
this day comes to a close ? Maybe someone is saying, "I 
expect to do that later on." That, my friend, is too late. 
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit this very moment? 
Do you live every day of your life filled with the Holy 
Spirit? This is God's norm for every Chi'istian. Will you 
face it? 

God has made two provisions for a Spirit-filled life oy 
two glorious gifts, the Son and the Holy Spirit. What 
the Son made possible for us, the Spirit makes real in 
us. That abundant life made potential in the Son is made 
personal by the Spirit. 

THE POSITION OF THE SAINTS 

The position of the saints is the exact opposite of the 
sinners. What is that position ? He is walking in Christ, 
in the Spirit. "As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, 
so walk ye in Him" (Col. 2:6). "Walk not after the flesh, 
but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:4). It is the picture of the 
life of a Christian with God, with Christ, with the Spirit, 
with purity, with power. It is separating himself unto 
Christ, unto the Church, and unto the Spirit. It will mean 
a conquest over those three enemies — Satan, the world, 
and the flesh. 

CHRIST 

Christ is a person. Think of His Names: Saviour, Good 
Shepherd, High Priest, Counselor, Mighty God. Look up 
the names He has and then you will know what you have 
in Him, if He is your Saviour. Then what are His works? 
They reveal the kind of Person He is. He is set forth in 
Scripture as the Servant of God and Saviour of man. 
What is His position ? He is the Saviour of the world, 
the Mediator between God and men. Lord of the whole 
universe, Head of the Church, Head of all things, King 
of kings and Lord of lords. Have you ever heen afraid 
of the Devil ? Do you need to be when we have a Saviour 
who is all that, and much more ? What is His power ? 
Listen to what He Himself says: "All power in heaven 
and on earth is given to me." 

Any power of the Devil we see manifested in the world 
at this present day is only permitted power, and it is 
only temporary power. In these desperate days let us 
keep our eyes fixed on Him who is Lord of the universe. 
Shortly He will be recognized as Lord of lords. What is 
His purpose? Keep in mind the five "I WILLS" of the 
Devil and contrast them with the "I WILLS" of Jesus 
Christ, the Son of God. The Devil says, "I WILL ascend 
into heaven. I WILL EXALT my throne above the stars 
of God. I WILL sit also upon the mount of the congre- 



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AT WORK 



(Concerning the work of God the Holy Spirit in the 
Church and in the Christian.) 



Rev Percy C Miller 



gation. I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds. 
I WILL be like the Most High." Now, what did Christ 
say to His Father? "I come to do Thy WILL, O God. 
I delight to do Thy WILL. My meat is to do the WILL 
of Him that sent" — even when it was the WILL of God 
for Him to lay down that life in death on Calvary's Cross. 
Now, what was the purpose of it? Christ was to be 
the Mediator between God and men to restore, men to 
God, that He might be the Saviour of men. His purpose 
was to bring them out of the liingdom of Satan into the 
kingdom of God. His sincere desire was to deliver them 
from Satan, the world, the flesh. "Who hath delivered as 
from the power of darkness, and hath translated us in- 
to the kingdom of His dear Son" (Col. 1:13). 

THE CHURCH 

How will Christ deliver us from Satan, the world, the 
flesh? He said that He would. Peter said: "Thou art 
the Christ, the Son of the living God." What did Christ 
answer Peter? "Thou ar't Peter, and upon this rock I 
will build my church." Upon what rock? Certainly not 
upon Peter, who was anything but a i-ock. BUT upon what 
rock? Upon Christ, the Son of God. Christ was to be 
the foundation of that Church. It was to have four corner- 
stones: His crucifixion. His resurrection. His ascension. 
His exaltation. Then it was to have a capstone — the Holy 
Spirit as the Sanctifier. 

What was the superstructure to be ? The Church as 
pure as He is pure; as Holy as He is Holy; as perfect 
as He is perfect; as powerful as He is powerful. That 's 
what the Church is in God's purpose. God will not settle 
for any less in His churches today. 

What would be the characteristics of the lives of those 
who would become paj-t of that Church ? They would be 
Christ-centered and Christ-conformed. They would be 
Spirit-filled and Spirit-controlled. That is the Church 
that Christ purposed to build. He outlined the plan of 
doing it. He would win penitent sinners out of Satan's 
kingdom. He would weld them together into a living or- 
ganism in Christ Jesus, called the Church. 

"I am crucified with Christ" (Gal. 2:20). Will you think 
for a moment of the "I" on the cross ? What does it mean 
to you? Just an "I", or does it mean you, you yourself? 
Not only did Christ go there but you went there, I went 
there. That old "I" is not only American — it is French, 
it is Dutch, it is German, it is Spanish, it is Bulgarian, 
it is Austrian. Yes, the "I" of the whole world was on 
that cross, and that "I" is not I myself and that "I" is 
not you. It is that old "I" that gives us all our trouble. 



and that old "I" was taken to the cross. Isn't that won- 
derful ? Is that where your old "I" is ? 

When we consider that that old "I" is on the cro.is, 
then there is nothing but Christ left. Christ only in your 
life and mine. And that is what God means to the Church 
and to the Christian. And what is the meaning of that 
Cross? And what is the power of that Blood? It is to 
put Christ at the center of your life and mine, so that it 
becomes a Christ-centered life instead of a self-centered 
life. It separated us UNTO something, and what is it ? Jt 
separated us unto Christ and we became one with Him. 
"But he that is joined unto the Lord (Christ) is one 
spirit" (I Cor. 6:17). Can you get nearer than that? Can 
anything be more "oneness" than that? 

The first work, then, of the Holy Spirit in the penitent 
sinner is to give life, the eternal life that is in Christ 
the Son of God. By a creative act of the Holy Spirit this 
new life is implanted in that penitent sinner, and than 
he is given a new nature, Christ's own divine, spiritual 
nature. That old "I", that old self, is taken to the cross, 
and in that new creation Christ is the life. "If any man 
be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things 
ai'e passed away; behold, all things are become new, and 
all things are of God" (II Cor. 5:17, 18). 

Does this describe you ? Are you in Christ ? Are you 
a new creation? Have old things passed away? Have all 
thing become new ? Is Christ the source of everything 
that is in your life ? This is almost the best definition 
of a Christian in God's Word. Does it describe you? Do 
not take it for granted because you are a Christian and 
because you believe everything in the Book, therefore, 
you think that everything in the Book about a Chris- 
tian is true of you. Many of us take those things for 
granted just that way. 

Again I ask, have all things become new, and are all 
things of Christ, and can you say, "I want nothing in 
my life except Christ and the things of Christ"? Every- 
thing else must go. We still have the old nature, and it 
will cry out for the things of Satan and the world and 
the flesh, but that new nature equally calls out for the 
things of Christ and of the Spirit. Which of these two na- 
tures has dominion over you ? If we are born again, that 
new nature should have sovereignty in your life and mine. 
Now, does it? To wihat degree does it have that sov- 
ereignty? Do you really believe on His name? Have you 
received Him personally into your heart as your Saviour, 
trusting only in His precious blood for salvation ? If so, 
you have become a child of God because God said it, and 
God cannot lie, and if you have fulfilled these two con- 



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ditions, God has fulfilled His promise and you are a child 
of God. If you have no assurance about it, will you ask 
for it now? 

Now, let us recall what we said about the separating 
power of the blood of Jesus Christ being so great that it 
takes that old creation to the cross, takes that old "I" 
to the cross, and it is crucified with Christ. Now, we are 
given that new nature, which is Christ Himself, so that 
we become a totally new creation, the old things pass 
away, all things become new, because all things are of 
Christ. Can such a life ever be lived? It is made possible 
for us through that first great gift of God, His Son, the 
Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, and 
then the gift of that second wondrous Person, the Holy 
Spirit, who was sent by the glorified Christ to indwell 
the Church and to indwell the Christian and to anoint 
the Chi-istian so that he lives as Christ lives, and works 
as Christ works. 

What is the one relationship to the Holy Spirit that 
makes such a life possible — being filled with the Holy 
Spirit — so that He has no hindrance whatsoever within 
us but is able to reproduce within us the life of the Lord 



Jesus and reproduce through us the power of the Lord 
Jesus? God's norm for every Christian is a Spirit-filled 
life. He means every one of us to be living habitually in 
Romans 8 (we cannot take time here to discuss this chap- 
ter, but read it and study it). Now, having read it, would 
you like to live in Romans 8 all the time? Do you like 
the atmosphere of Romans 8 ? Is it restful and peace- 
ful and joyous ? Would you like to live there all the time ? 
That is the Spirit-filled Christian's permanent home. 

We said that all this makes for a Christ-centered life 
and a Christ-conformed life. AND that is what the Church 
is: it is Christ's body. It is the visible part of that In- 
visible One. Can Christ expect less of the visible part, 
the Church, than He expresses Himself? What the In- 
visible Head in Heaven is, He means the visible part on 
earth to be. 

And again, what is the Spirit ? The very Spirit of Jesus 
Christ Himself; this God uses to bring others out of the 
world into the Spirit. Christ personally in the individual 
in a visible presence. Christ's spiritual nature embodied 
in the Christian. 

(To be continued) 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious EMucatiou. Used by permission. 



Lesson for January 14, 1962 

ONE GOD 

Text: Exodus 20:1-3; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 6:24 

CONTRARY to a modern theory that in the begin- 
ning men worshipped many spirits and gods, the 
Bible says that in the beginning man knew but one God 
(Gen. 1, 2; Rom. 1:19-23). Moses lived during a time of 
great world-wide degeneracy, both spiritually and morally. 
There was no clear concept of one God outside the na- 
tion of Israel. The nations and tribes recognized and wor- 
shipped many gods. It was a common practice of the an- 
cient people that when they conquered another nation to 
take that nation's idols and add them to their own col- 
lection. How degenerate, how lost were the people of 
the earth. There was a famine in the world, not of food 
and water but of a knowledge of the living God. It was 
against this background that God i-evealed Himself anew. 

"AND GOD SPAKE ALL THESE WORDS. . ." 

1. "If God is an intelligent being, He can speak. If 
He made man in His own image. He can speak to man. 
If God is love. He MUST speak. That He has spoken is 
the testimony of the Scripture and also of every be- 
lieving soul." (Higley). 

2. All Scriptures are inspired by God (II Tim. 3:16; 
II Peter 1:21). 

3. In these last days God has spoken to us by His Son, 
Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1, 2). 



4. Since God has made known all that is beneficial 
and necessary for our salvation. He needs to make no 
further comment on the way of salvation. 

5. The present need is for personal guidance and bless- 
ing in the way of salvation. For this we still have com- 
munication with God (Matt. 7:7-11, 6:6; John 14:26). 

God is concerned that His people worship one God and 
that they worship the right God. 

1. Since other nations have used the term "God" (Elo- 
him) to designate their gods, God identifies Himself also 
by another name, "LORD" or more literally "Jehovah" 
(Ex. 2:2; Deut. 6:4). 

2. The men should never be tempted to make any object 
of adoration which would displace Him as the object of 
their worship. God strictly forbade the manufacture of 
or use of any known image or object within reason which 
could be worshipped as a god. 

3. True worship of God must be based upon love and 
total commitment to God (Deut. 6:5). 

4. God's method of assuring a continuing knowledge 
of Himself and His precepts is that the parents possess 
them in their heart first of all and then to teach diligently 
what they possess (Deut. 6:6, 7). 

The Worship of the one true God is an absolute neces- 
sity for our own eternal welfare. 

1. God will not tolerate divided allegiance (Ex. 20:5). 

2. Being made in the image of God it is not possible' 
for us to divide ourselves without spiritual and moral harm. 
God cannot be good and evil, and remain God. Man can- 
not be good and evil by choice and remain righteous 
(Matt. 6:24). 

3. Men today may be guilty of worshipping several 
gods. If our life is not totally committed to God we are 
guilty of idol worship. God becomes but one of several 
idols in our life having a greater or lesser importance 
as we determine. 

4. The worship of Christ is not the worship of a second 
God (John 1:1-5, 14-18, 14:1-11). The trinity of God does 
not rule out the unity of God. 



January 6, 1962 



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Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 

MISSIONS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 

'"TWE MISSIONS-MINDED Sunday school is an alert, 
X growing Sunday School! 

Emphasizing world need gives a Sunday School (and 
individual classes and departments) a wholesome focus 
that is both Scriptural and sensible — for it produces 
greater interest, greater prayer, greater giving. 

And not only does missionary emphasis make its whole- 
some, helpful influence felt today in the life of your Sun- 
day School, but you are also building for tomorrow as 
well. The students of today are the missionaries of to- 
morrow and — just as important — those who will send 
out and give to and pray for the missionaries of the 
future. 

So, you'll want to emphasize missionary education 
throughout your Sunday School. "The church without mis- 
sions is the church without a mission." The church that 
majors in missions is almost always happy, contented, co- 
operative and active. 

Here are some practical ways in which you can stress 
missionary education in your class or in your Sunday 
School as a whole: 

MAPS AND PICTURES— Certainly you'll want those 
missionaries in whom you are especially interested to be 
kept before your group, by way of prayer reminders, 
with pictures and with maps showing where they work 
for Christ. 

MISSIONARY SPEAKERS— When missionary speakers 
come to your church, be sure to utilize them for your Sun- 
day School. But — don't forget to have the men address 
your Sunday Schoolers, too. Often men are used in church 
services; missionary wives speak to the Sunday School. 
Don't forget, however, to occasionally remind the boys 
in your Sunday School that men can be missionaries, too! 
Perhaps our failure to do this is one reason for the all- 
too-prevalent male response to the missionary call: "Here 
am I, Lord — send my sister!" 

MISSIONARY ILLUSTRATIONS— Gripping missionary 
stories and up-to-date missionary information can do much 
to keep the challenge before your class. These can be 
gotten from books of missionary stories, or from mis- 
sionary magazines. 

TAPE RECORDINGS— The challenge of missions can 
be brought home most effectively through the use of 
tape recordings from some fleld in which you are inter- 
ested. What greater thrill than to hear some strange- 
sounding voice in a far-off land testify to faith in Christ 
— and to know that your gifts and prayer helped your 
missionary reach him! 

BULLETIN BOARDS— Don't just glance at those mis- 
sionary letters and then discard them. Post them (or 
at least carefully selected excerpts from them) on a cen- 



trally located bulletin board and frequently call attention 
to them. 

CURIO TABLES OR DISPLAYS— The machete from 
the jungle... the hat from the Orient. . .the handcarved 
object on the wall — all these things can keep the chal- 
lenge of missions before your group in some tangible, 
gripping way. 

MOVIES AND FILMSTRIPS— Many fine missionary 
films and filmstrips are available today. The Sunday School 
office has NIGERIA MOVES AHEAD available for use 
in all Sunday Schools. Others are also obtainable. 

LETTER WRITING— One of the hardships of mis- 
sionary service is the separation from friends at home. 
Letters — your personal interest and encouragement — are 
often the only tie a missionary has with his supporters. 
Letters mean more to most missionaries than dollars. 

PRAYER TIME — As you meet and pray together as a 
Sunday School, whether during opening exei-cises or in the 
class period, remember to pray for the missionary repre- 
sentatives of your church. Perhaps you'll want to select 
a "Sunday School Missionary" for whom you pray reg- 
ularly — ideally, one who has children about the age of 
your class so the teacher can pi-ay for them in terms 
the children can understand and about things in which 
they are interested. 

These are a few of the many ways in which you can 
make your Sunday School a MISSIONARY SUNDAY 
SCHOOL. 

—from WORLD VISION, INC. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



DO YOU JUST EXIST? 
"Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be 
by life or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is 
gain" (Philippians 1:20, 21). 

A WRITER TELLS of talking with two tramps, 
and asking them, "How can you be satisfied living 
this way?" The answer made by one of the two was, 
"We don't live, preacher, we only exist." 

Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick once remarked that: "Ex- 
istence is given to us all to start with; our problem is 
to somehow make life out of existence." And the ques- 
tion arises, "How shall we go about accomplishing this 
desirable result?" 

The Bible has the answer for our question. It tells us 
that there is but one way to make a life, and that is to 
become a Christian. Jesus said, "I am . . . the life" and 
He also said, "I am come that they might have life, and 
that they might have it more abundantly." 

Only in Christ is man alive, all else is mere existence. 
Without Christ man is not a complete pei'sonality. Only 
as life is surrendered to Christ does man come to expe- 
rience the life that is real. Paul was telling what Christ 
meant to him when he declared that, "For me to live is 
Christ." And it should be the ambition of every Christian 
to duplicate Paul's experience. In Christ we may all be 
made alive. 



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"WHY?" 



The Brethren Evangelist 



A. GLENN CARPENTER, President, 
The Brethren Publishing Company 



THIS IS NOT just the familiar 
question of the four-year-old; 
but, come to think of it, I am prac- 
tically a four-year-old, considering 
the extent of my experiences with 
the Brethren Publishing Companj'. 
And like the four-year-old, I am con- 
stantly repeating, and asked, the ques- 
tion, "Why". 

Why do we have to appeal once eacli 
year for a large Publication offering ? 
We who are directly in contact with' 
the operations of the Publishing House 
know most of the answers. We want 
to pass our information on to you 
that you, too, may know, and, know- 
ing, you will understand; and, under- 
standing, you will want to do your 
part in helping to solve our mutual 
problems. 

One year ago the Publication Board, 
with the knowledge and approval of 
National Conference, purchased nearly 
$30,000 worth of new equipment, the 
main item being the two-color press. 
Today we have borrowed funds 
amounting to $11,000, which consti- 
tute our total indebtedness. We con- 



sider this a fairly good report con- 
sidering that Publication offerings the 
last few years have been considerably 
under the amount requested. 

It is a recognized principle of any 
business that a large investment jn 
equipment requires a large volume of 
production in order to operate ef- 
ficiently and profitably. A loss of 
nearly 1,000 Evangelist subscriptions 
the past year made it impossible to 
publish this all-important church pa- 
per without a sizable loss. We repeat 
our statement of a year ago: Give us 
5,000 subscriptions and the Evangel- 
ist will carry its own financial load. 
It cannot be done with less subscrip- 
tions. 

The Book Store, operated by tiae 
Brethren Publishing Company, has 
made a phenominal growth in tlie past 
few years and shows a satisfactory 
profit. We encourage churches and 
Brethren from our entire Brotherhood 
to patronize our Book Store for Bibles, 
Cliristian literature, and all Sunday 
School supplies. Your loyal patronage 
will go far in helping the Publishing 
Company financially. 



Tlie job printing division also shows 
a profit. But with only one linotype 
operator we are limited in the amount 
of job work that we can accept. As 
soon as a second operator can be se- 
cured this phase of the work of the 
Publishing House will show a marked 
improvement. 

Therefore, our two great needs are 
a linotype opex-ator and 1,500 addi- 
tional subscriptions to the Evangelist. 
And until we reach these goals vve 
must continue to ask for offerings. 
This January we are asking for $8,000. 
This will not put us out of debt this 
year, 'but it will help to operate in 
the black. 

If we have made our situation clear, 
won't you please help to reach our 
goal. It is your task — our task. If 
you can help us with good advice and 
constructive criticism, these too will 
be appreciated. Let us cooperate to 
make it possible for the Brethren Pub- 
lishing House to i-ender to the Breth- 
ren the service they can rightfully 
expect. 



WHAT THE EVANGELIST MEANS TO ALL 

JOHN R. JOHNSTON, President 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



WHAT DOES THE Evangelist ever tried to actually put a monetary When we consider the amount of 

mean to you, your Church and value on your copy of the Evangelist? diversified material that is contained 

the entire Brotherhood? Have you Difficult isn't it. between the covers of each issue, the 

$8,000 Needed In 1962 



January 6, 1962 



Page Thirteen 



soui'ce from which the material origi- 
nates, and how much the cost of dis- 
tributing sucli information would be, 
if the Evangelist did not exist, we can 
begin to appreciate the bai-gain that 
is offered for the small sum of $4.00 
per year. 

There is hardly an organization in 
existence which does not have some 
form of newsletter or magazine which 
is mailed i-egularly to the home of 
members to keep them fully informed 
of the activities. The cost is usually 
included in dues paid such an organi- 
zation. 

The Church does not charge dues. 
Salvation is free through the 'blood 
sacrificed on the cross by our Lord 
Jesus Christ. However, as a Christian, 
one of our duties is to support the 
work of the Lord through the various 
organizations to the best of our abil- 
ity. 

As Christians we should hunger for 
the Word. We should be desirous to 
know the progress we are making in 
missions — both at home and abroad, 
how our elders are being cared for 
at the Home at Flora, Indiana, and 
what is happening in other congrega- 
tions. 

Not only is this information brought 
to you through the pages of the Evan- 



gelist, but articles on various subjects 
appear in each issue which should pro- 
vide food for meditation thus increas- 
ing our knowledge and usefulness in 
His service. 

If it was not for the Evangelist, 
the cost to distribute information of 
the various organizations would be 
many times more than $4.00 per mem- 
ber. 

As a member of The Brethren's 
Home and Benevolent Board, I wish 
to thank the Publishing Company for 
the cooperation given in behalf of our 
woi-k. Without such an important part 
of our church, our task would be most 
difficult, and finances would not per- 
mit us to bring our work to your 
attention from time to time. Progress 
reports are important. You are en- 
titled to be well informed as to how 
the monies you contribute are spent. 
The best and least expensive method 
to provide such information is through 
the pages of the Evangelist. 

Do we hesitate to lay out $10.00 lo 
$20.00 a year for a daily paper to 
keep us informed of world and local 
events ? How many magazines do we 
take that cost $3.00 to $10.00 per 
year? Yes, these things have their 
rightful place, hut where else can you 



obtain information concerning your 
church's activities in world and local 
affairs than through the church paper. 
Every member of the Brethren Church 
should prayerfully consider the value 
of having a publication like the Evan- 
gelist in the home. 

If the Evangelist is to be continued, 
your support is needed. If you do not 
receive the Evangelist, why not give 
your subscription to the Evangelist 
Committee in your church today? Also 
remember that a deficit of approd- 
mately $8,000.00 has occurred during 
the first year of combined publica- 
tions operation which must be erased 
as well as funds must be provided 
for current expense. If each family 
would place their subscription for the 
Evangelist and each member give 
$2.00 towards the Publication Day Of- 
fering, the deficit would be removed 
and the Publishing Company would 
be well on the way to pay-as-you-go 
operation. 

Let us each do our part and keep 
the printed Word of God continually 
flowing from our Publishing Company. 
Remember that the printed word is 
more powerful than the sword. 

Covington, Ohio 



OUR COMMON SOURCE OF INFORMATION 

W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, General Secretary 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 



THE ONE COMMON source of 
Brethren information and in- 
spiration for the people of our denomi- 
nation is The Brethren Evangelist. 
This church magazine is available to 
all. It enlightens, it informs, it in- 
structs, it inspires, it assists and it 
encourages all those who read it with 
regularity and carefulness. 

I recall that I have heard some 
comments from folks who like the 
magazine because of the color while 
others dislike it because of the color. 
Some appreciate the program helps, 
others feel that they don't want to 
be helped in this manner. There are 
'those who o'bject to the price and 
still others who would enjoy reading 
more news about the happenings in 



the various congregations. This re- 
minds me somewhat of a family with 
growing children whose appetites are 
so different and yet they must be sat- 
isfied within the limitations of the 
family budget. Every dish set before 
the family may not be pleasing lo 
every family member, but there ,^s 
nourishment for all and over a period 
of time all may benefit from a well- 
balanced diet. 

There are many people in our 
churches who have said, "I read the 
missionary pages before I read any- 
thing else in The Brethren Evangel- 
ist." Naturally this delights those of 
us who are working in the Mission- 
ary Department. We are, however 



also delighted with those who read 
every page and absorb all of the 
good things which may make them a 
blessing to their church, their Lord 
and to the outreach of the Gospel. 

The Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church appreciates the privilege 
and opportunity of bringing news of 
the work of missions to the church 
each week through The Brethren 
Evangelist. We are anxious to get 
this information into every Brethren 
home. We look to the day when this 
will become a reality. In the mean- 
time we will work and pray to make 
this church magazine more eff'ective in 
its ministry to The Brethren Church. 
We urge you to do likewise. 



Page Fourteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



WHAT you CAN EXPECT 

(Two Messages in One) 



PHIL LERSCH. Vice President. 
The Brethren Publishing Company 



PART I 



T HAVE A GRIPE! It's about 

gripers! So, let me digress — evin 
before I liave anything from which I 
can digress, except the title of this 
article. 

I stand amazed, and often ashamed, 
when I take an honest loolc at myself, 
and many other members of tlie 
Brethren Church, and admit what I 
see. Our attitude toward the work of 
our National organizations and boards 
is not always of the highest calib,;r. 

For some strange reason, it's so 
easy to slip downward that we soon 
arrive ait the rock-bottom point ( f 
thinking that the board officials are 
our enemies. "Their" program is ene- 
my strategy for "our" overthrow. 
Pointing out flaws in "their" proposals 
is a victory for "our" local church. 
"Their" appeals for funds are thief- 
like, deceptive measures to steal 
money from "our" coffers. 

Too often, I fear, we elecit members 
to these boards (where they serve 
without pay) and then sit in the scorn- 
er's row and think it to be our special 
calling to criticize — and encourage 
others to support our antagonistic 
opinions. Of course, this is true in 
community life between the jirivate 
citizen and the school board or the 
city council. But I have higher hopss 
for the community of believers, the 
church. 

The inconsistency lies in the fact 
that we still beam with pride when 



accomplishments do appear. With joy 
we proudly announce that it was a 
fine young man from "our" seminary 
in Ashland that is the new pastor at 
the neighboring Brethren Church; 
that there was a room at "our" Breth- 
ren's Home in Flora, Indiana, for an 
elderly relative in the family; that 
"our" Mission Board is going to send 
another couple to Costa Rica this 
spring to prepare for the mission 
field; that more young people than 
ever before attended "our" summer 
camps last year; that "our" General 
Conference now has a full-time Field 
Representative; that "our" Home Mis- 
sion Board has started new churches 
at Tempe, Levittown, Sarasota, Mas- 
sillon and Mishawaka; that "our" 
Youth Board provides help for Bible 
Schools through the Summer Crusader 
program; or that we always visit the 
fine displays in "our" Book Store 
whenever we visit Ashland. 

But the moment we have cause *'o 
differ with some phase of a denomina- 
tional program, the wording changes. 
It becomes "their" program. What 
are "they" trying to do ? We're not 
giving money to "them" for that. 

I'm not attempting to quibble over 
the use of a few pronouns, but to at- 
tack the prevailing attitudes behind 
such opinions. That is what will cause 
destruction. How effectively will a 
local church operate if several of the 
membership think that the Official 
Board and Finance Committee are 
their foes? Or that an Every Mem- 
ber Canvass or an offering appeal ;s 
just a scheme to filch more monv3y 



out of them, when they really need 
it badly at home? Actually, just the 
opposite is true. The officials of a 
church are providing outlets through 
which church members can express 
their thanks to God and recognize 
their responsibility of Christian Stew- 
ardship in very definite and practical 
ways. 

Neither do my remarks rule out 
constructive criticism, else this article 
is out of place to be sure. The truth 
is that the denominational board mem- 
bers don't receive very many positive, 
or negative, suggestions. What is 
most evident is that when someone, or 
a group, disagrees with a certain pol- 
icy, they don't send word of their 
thinking on the subject. They just 
drop all support and lose interest as 
quickly as possible. We are fortunate 
that this is not a wide-spread practice, 
but let's squelch every such incident 
that does occur. 

Praise the Lord for those interested 
enough in the total-church-program 
that, even when they have a criticism, 
they continue their whole-hearted sup- 
port and also send along an explana- 
tion of their suggestion for improve- 
ment. 

Naturally, the case in point is the 
Brethren Publishing Company, but the 
principles could be applied to our 
other denominational concerns. If a 
source of income is cut off, it must 
be gained somewhere else or the work 
suffers a setback. For example, con- 
sider subscriptions to the Brethren 
Evangelist as a source of blood sup- 
ply for the heart of the Publishing 



January 6, 1962 



Page Fifteen 



Company work. Cancel twenty or 
thirty su'bscriptions from your church 
lis't and there is a shortage of blood 
here at 524 College Avenue. The heart 
still demands as much to stay alive, 
so it must be received from some other 
source. If this is impossible, the heart 
is unable to supply what blood it 
should and the whole body suffers 
anemia. 

In this analogy, the Publication 
Board members don't suffer (there 
are no salaries to reduce). The em- 
ployees don't suffer (they will still be 
paid even if money must be bor- 
rowed). The Brethren Church suffers. 
Our church suffers. And this means 
the work of the Lord suffers a set- 
back. Now, if we enjoy hampering 
God's work through this arm of our 
denomination's program in the pro- 
duction of Christian literature — then 
we will cancel more subscriptions, give 
less to the Publication Day Offering, 
order Sunday School supplies else- 
where, refuse to buy the "Brethren 
Adult Quarterly," and definitely not 
read the rest of this article. The devil 
and the Communists will be very hap- 
py with us! (End of digression.) 



PART II 



your needs adequately met, by contin- 
uing to order Sunday School supplies 
and personal books from Ashland. 
Have church stationery, name cards, 
and special bulletins printed in the 
shop. This income is all needed to keep 
in the black. 

(3) Give a large offering to help 
reduce indebtedness. See Mr. Glenn 
Carpenter's message in this issue. It 
is doubtful that there is a magazine 
in the country, with as small a circu- 
lation as the Evangelist, that has as 
fine a format. This and other Breth- 
ren literature have continuall.y been 
supplied with very little margin of 
profit. Therefore, indebtedness caused 
by the purchase of new equipment and 
increased costs of labor and supplies 
must be met witli gifts from the 
churches and individuals. 

(4) Pray and talk constructively 
about Brethren .literature. Such an ap- 
proach is vitally needed and will do 
much to encourage support of the 
total literature program of our church. 

In return for such favorable re- 
sponses, we, the Brethren people, can 
expect several things in return from 
the Publication Board, the Pu'blishing 
Company, and the Book Store. Among 
them are the following: 

(1) We can e.xpect to have the sat- 
isfaction of knowing that we have 



supported the propagation of Breth- 
ren Christian literature, in an age 
when such literature is needed to 
thwart the forces of evil, especially 
Communism, and to build a greater 
unity within our denomination. 

(2) We can expect that more de- 
tailed studies will be made to produce 
a continuing flow of pertinent and in- 
teresting articles in the Brethren 
Evangelist. 

(3) We can expect that tlie great- 
est discount possible will be given on 
supplies ordered through the Book 
Stoi'e, to encourage our continued buy- 
ing there. 

(4) We can expect that only the 
lowest prices possible will be charged 
for all Brethren literature, such as 
the Evangelist and quarterlies and 
tracts. 

(5) We can expect the fastest ser- 
vice possible on all materials to be 
sent from the Book Store and the 
print shop, including the new im- 
printed Sunday School literature from 
Gospel Light Publications. 

(6) We can expect the Bi-ethren 
Church to continue possession and use 
of the Publishing Company as a val- 
uable, stable, and most necessary in- 
vestment in the ongoing progress of 
our church for the glory of (5od. 

Ashland, Ohio 



The Brethren Publishing Company 
needs at least four things from us, 
the Brethren people. Yes, I'm one of 
you as well as a board official. 

(1) Read the literature provided in 
Brethren publications. Take advantage 
of what we're paying for. The value 
is not in having writers write or 
printers print, but in having readers 
read what is written for them. If we 
would rather read the spor'ts page or 
fictional magazine article, it should 
soon dawn on us that we are not as 
interested as we should 'be in spir- 
itual things and the work of the 
church. 

(2) Subscribe to the Brethren 
Evangelist and order other religious 
supplies from the Book Store. Ev- 
erything possible is being done to in- 
crease the business of the Brethren 
Book Store. It is the only religious 
book store in the Ashland Community. 
Letters have been sent to area pas- 
tors and Sunday School workers. 
Weekly ads are being placed in the 
Ashland paper. Business has been 
good, especially this past Christmas. 
Also, those of you living miles away 
can help the Book Store, and have 



January 21, 1962 
Is the day for the lifting of the 1962 

Publication Day Offering in the 

Brethren Church. Considering the need, 

we have set a goal of not less than 

$8,000.00. 

During the year 1962, there is also the 

need for 1,500 additional subscriptions 

to The Brethren Evangelist. The help of 

every Brethren is needed and appreciated. 



The Brethren Publishing Company, 
524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 



Pii}-e Sixteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



VALUES OF BRETHREN PUBLICATIONS 

WALTER C. WERTZ. President, 
National Sunday School Board 



BRETHREN, can we afford to be 
without a good evangelical church 
paper — like our own Brethren Evan- 
gelist ? A reading church is an in- 
formed people. 

There is a great need in the field of 
Christian literature. This is the am- 
munition that our missionaries must 
have. When we see how the cults 
and especially the communists pour 
out their beautiful literature, do we 
realize we are losing the battle for 
the minds of men? If we let our 
Brethren publications "down" we 
simply have not seized this chance 
that God has made available to us. 

One of our great needs of today 
is for sound Christians among the 
students of the world, among the 
teen-agers and young people. This is 
where the communists have concen- 
trated their forces. Around the world 
today the percentage of communists 
in student 'bodies and faculties is ab- 
solutely unbelievable. While we have 
concentrated on technical aid, feed- 
ing and clothing the masses and set- 
ting up hospitals, the communists have 



concentrated on taking over the edu- 
cational institutions. In the next gen- 
eration their graduates will run our 
governments. 

The world population, as of today, is 
believed to be approximately over 
three billion inhabitants. At the pres- 
ent rate of literacy programs all over 
the world, we can expect literates liy 
the millions to demand something to 
read. One million persons a week are 
learning to read. It was Prime Min- 
ister Nehru of India who said "The 
missionaries taught the people to read, 
but the communists have given them 
something to read." 

As each country seeks to stamp out 
illiteracy, what ai-e we doing as Bi-eth- 
ren to give them the Gospel in print ? 
People are wanting something to read. 
What are we doing about this criti- 
cal need? Our Brethren should have 
good literature to read, and the 
Evangelist should be found in every 
Brethren liome. You can help make 
this possible by being a subscriber to 
our own church papez- — The Breth- 
ren Evangelist. 



Most of us do not hesitate to buy 
the daily paper and the Sunday paper 
which will cost us between $25 and 
$30 per year. Yet we say $4.00 per 
year is too much for our own church 
paper! 

Martin Luther said, "Printing is 
God's latest and best work to spread 
true religion throughout the whole 
world." 

Benjamin Franklin said: "Give me 
26 lead soldiei'S (of printer's type) and 
I will conquer the world." 

Daniel Webster said, "If truth is 
not diffused, error will be. If God and 
His Word are not known and received, 
the Devil and his works will gain 
ascendancy. If Christian literature 
does not reach every hamlet, the 
pages of a corrupt and licentious lit- 
erature will." 

With a denomination our size we 
certainly should be able to support 
our own church paper. The Brethren 
Evangelist should be a MUST in ev- 
ery Brethren home. 

GIVE TO THE PUBLICATION 
DAY OFFERING. 



PROMOTING THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JOHN W. PORTE, Field Secretary. 
General Conference of the Brethren Church 



ONE OF THE FIRST things we 
heard, early in 1959-1960 was 
the query, "when are we going to 
see a new face and a new arrange- 
ment in the Evangelist?" This Ques- 
tion came to us several times and in 
different districts as we were start- 
ing our work with the denomination. 
This was long a question of my own 



and I (we) must admit tliat we all 
are interested in something new. 

Now, thanks to a new two-colored 
press and some very hard work — the 
NEW EVANGELIST is here and it is 
one of the best. 

The refreshing two-color look in a 
24-page magazine has made our New 
EVANGELIST second to none. 



Many of you have developed some 
effective methods of promotion: 

1 — Choosing the best sales person ;n 

your congregation. Someone that 
is not afraid to approach peo- 
ple and someone concerned with 
the matters of the Lord. 

2 — The Brethren Youth have taken 

the NEW EVANGELIST promo- 



January 6, 1962 



Page Seventeen 



tion as a worthy project of ser- 
vice for their Lord and their 
church. These young people have 
talisn hold and are making it go. 

3 — The WMS, the Laymen, in some 
areas have made it a matter of 
personal concern and are finding 
the face to face and person to 
person contact most effective — 
because they are concerned. 

i — Some 100% churches have asked 
their laymen to contribute the 
previous subscription price of the 
Brethren Layman magazine to the 



churcli and partially reimburse 
the fund in that way. 

5 — Some 100% churches have asked 

all their people, wherever pos- 
sible, to reimburse the treasury 
in the amount of the previous sub- 
scription rate, the church accept- 
ing the balance of the cost. 

6 — Other churches have paid the 

cost, asking their people to re- 
imburse the full amount wherever 
they are able. 
Subscriptions are the life of any 
publication such as ours and we are 



looking for an additional 1,500 among 
our people. The NEW EVANGELIST 
is our means of communication. It 
is the one thing that visibly binds 
us together and maintains our contact 
and concern for one another. Com- 
munications are the means of growing 
in the knowledge of His work. Tlie 
ideas of promotion are yours and you 
have found them effective. They are 
sound and good business. Let us pray 
for the continued success of this part 
of the work of His Kingdom. 



WL 



1,500 additional subscriptions neede 



m 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



DAMASCUS ROAD 

rhat noonday sun was brilliant overhead, 
its heavy heat reflected by the sands, 
A.nd we were hot and wearied by the road, 
Ready to stop if Saul but gave the word — 
But no! the anger in his burning eyes 
Was just as merciless as was the sun — 
He would keep on until we'd see the walls 
Of that great city just ahead — until 
His grim and bloody business would be done. 

Saul was a leader, that was evident — 

The kind of man who never spared himself 

Until his mission, large or small, was ended. 

A.lert and keen but passionate for truth 

A.nd bitterly contending for it ever, 

He seldom rested, never losing zeal 

For doing what he thought was right and good. 

[ never saw a brighter midday sun — 

Yet Saul, with some great suddenness, stood still 

And looked with awe and marvel in his eyes 

Straight into that most brilliant blaze of light. 

[ moved to shade him, feai'ing for his sight, 

But roughly Saul quick brushed my hand aside 

And then he knelt there on the burning sand, 

Lifted his hands and said, as to the sky, 

"Who are you, Lord?" Quickly I looked to see 

What vision claimed him — but I dropped my eyes. 

Then Saul arose, so blind we had to lead him. 

What had he seen ? A light beyond the sun, 
The fierce illumination of God's love 



In One whom we had placed upon a cross. 

The Christ whose followers we sought to kill. 

How can the whole world change in a flash of light? 

How can the Crucified appear in Heaven? 

Yet there He was — and Saul had seen Him there! 

No wonder that his angry heart was shaken. 

No wonder that we led a broken man 

Into Damascus, blind and seeking light. 

But there a man of God was good to us. 
Taking the ones he feared into his home 
Until our leader's eyes were open and his heart 
Quickened to tell us of the Lord he saw. 
Saul's vigor showed again, but now he smiled 
Because love held his passions in control. 
Again he led us, but this time to Christ, 
The Lord he met on that Damascus Road. 

— Kenneth I. Morse, Editor, 
The Gospel Messenger. 

Used by permission. 

SAUL, A RELIGIOUS ZEALOT, was a Christ perse- 
cutor (Acts 26:14, 15). As a Law-keeper he was a 
good man, but lost (Phil. 3:3-14). Saul found himself 
while on an errand of hate (Acts 26: 9-12). Saul was 
saved by coming face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ 
(Acts 26:16-19). That is the only way by which any lost 
sinner can be saved (Acts 4:12). Has God spoken to you 
(Isa. 6:8)? Saul said, "Who art thou. Lord?" "No man 
can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" 
(1 Cor. 12:3). The Holy Ghost, doing His work with Saul 
of Tarsus, transformed him into Paul, the missionary 
(Acts 26:16-19). He was chosen for this work (Acts 9: 
15, 16). He was saved from Pharisaism to live out Christ 
(Gal. 2:20). Paul found in Christ everything he needed 
regardless of circumstances (Phil. 4:11). Through Christ 
he could do all things (Phil. 4:13). Through Christ he 
found the all-sufficient grace (2 Cor. 12:9). To him it 
was a "glorious gospel" that was committed to his trust 
(1 Tim. 1:11). Of this gospel he was never ashamed (Rom. 
1:16). Through Christ Paul discovered God's will for 
his life and an eternity of endless joy (Phil. 1:21). 



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The Urethren Evangelist 



GOD'S NEED OF MANY 

Devotions presented at 

National Conference. 

Written by 

MRS. ROBERT BISCHOF 

Acts 2:41-47. 

"Then they that gladly i-eceived his 
word were baptized: and the same 
day there were added unto them about 
three thousand souls. 

"And they continued stedfastly in 
the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, 
and in breaking of bread, and in 
prayers. 

"And fear came upon every soul: 
and many wonders and signs were 
done by the apostles. 

"And all that believed were to- 
gether, and had all things common; 

"And sold their possessions and 
goods, and parted them to all men, 
as every man had need. 

"And they, continuing daily with 
one accord in the temple, and break- 
ing bread from house to house, did 
eat their meat with gladness and 
singleness of heart, 

"Praising God, and having favour 
with all the people. And the Lord 
added to the church daily such as 
should be saved." 

In the early church there were 3,000 
people won to Christ in one day. 

Why did the early church grow ? 
Because every Christian continued 
steadfastly in the: 

1. Apostles doctrine — continued 
stedfastly in studying the word of 
God 

2. Continued stedfastly in fellow- 
ship together (no bickering in the 
church) 

3. Continued stedfastly in Com- 
munion together 

4. Continued stedfastly in prayers 

5. Continued stedfastly in witness- 
ing. 

The early church understood the 
biblical concept of Christian disciple- 
ship. It believed that all Christians 
were missionaries, and that all be- 
lievers were obligated to tell others 



— to be witnesses of those things 
which God had done in their lives. 

Traders, business men, ordinary 
common people heard the word of God, 
and took it to their own village. Each 
one preached the Lord Jesus and word 
travelled from Jerusalem to Antioch. 

This is the strength of our work in 
Africa. This is why our work is grow- 
ing because each Christian becomes a 
witness. Our patients in the hospitals 
in Africa go home and witness. School 
boys and girls go home and tell what 
happened to them. And this has lit- 
erally changed villages from pagan 
customs and superstitions. Many of 
these villages have sent word to the 
mission. "Such and such a person has 
told us of Christ but we want to learn 



more about Him. Please send someone 
else to help us." 

God has need of many to carry on. 
Not just the officers of our Woman's 
Missionary Society but He needs 
many people to carry on His work. 
The time may be very short. 

In Mark 8:38 we read, "Whosoever 
therefore shall be ashamed of me 
and of my words in this adulterous 
and sinful generation: of him also 
shall the Son of man be ashamed, 
when he cometh in the glory of his 
Father with the holy angels." 

God has need of many W. M. S. 
women witnessing. In the day He 
comes it will be too late to be a wit- 
ness for Him. Let's be witnesses now 
while there is still time. 



\V. M. S. 



News 



Sarasota, Florida 

It falls my duty to report the ac- 
tivities here in Sarasota, and when 
we have good things to report we are 
glad to share them. 

Our W. M. S. has sustained a steady 
growth for the past two years, but 
I am sure we are not near the peak 
of our efforts. 

It has been a great joy to the 
ladies to be able to meet each month 
and roll bandages to ship to Nigeria. 
This entails a large expense but that 
is provided cheerfully. A good mem- 
ber challenged us by giving each 
member one dollar in October to use 
for the Lord's work. That offering 
came in to the December meeting and 
the $22.00 had grown to over $64.00 
with four yet to turn theirs in. 

New membei's are received at al- 
most every meeting, and we now have 
thirty-three beside the associate mem- 
bers (these are the ladies that 'belong 
up north but work with us during the 
winter). 



I wish that everyone could drop in 
at one of our meetings just to see 
the enthusiasm that is there. At the 
December meeting we met in the new 
cottage that the church has purchased 
and is being used as a pastor's of- 
fice and study, as well as a classroom 
and social room for small groups. 
Twenty-five ladies labored until the 
noon hour rolling bandages and get- 
ting acquainted. Then we were ush- 
ered to the main church where the 
program committee had arranged 
tables with poinsettias, candles, lovely 
salads and other Christmas decora- 
tions. Christmas music was played all 
during the dinner. 

While still at the tables, a very 
impressive 'Christmas program was 
presented while one of our new mem- 
bers played appropriate music on the 
organ. The business meeting followed 
and many plans were made for future 
work. First, we ai-e to have the John 
Rowseys with us in a few days, and 
since the stork will visit them soon 
we have planned a shower while they 
are here. Then because it is Christmas 
we have planned a food shower for 
needy ones. The new cottage has many 
needs so the ladies planned to buy 
and make drapes for the windows and 



ranuary 6, 1962 



Page Nineteen 



)ne member offered to buy the mate- 
rial for them. Then there is need for 
>xtra plumbing so at the January 
neeting a sacrificial offering will be 
jrought in to help with that. The 
norning work hours in January will 
)e used to make the drapes. 

Almost two hundred calls were re- 
5orted for the preceding month. Let- 



ters have been written regularly to 
our missionaries and some have been 
answered and that keeps us in close 
touch with our mission work. 

We are making an earnest effort 
to meet the National goals and to 
keep in touch with the general work, 
even though we are separated by 



many miles from other Brethren 
churches. 

We ask an interest in your prayars 
that we may be permitted to grow 
as fast as we can and that we may 
not be hindered by lack of room for 
expansion. 

Mrs. Fred C. Vanator, 
Corresponding Secretary. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



VHITE HOUSE VIGNETTE 

VASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— In a 
)y-lined story by Men-iman Smith, 
•eleased by United Press Internation- 
d, this scene: 

President Kennedy and Soviet For- 
lign Minister Gromyko are closing a 
,wo-hour conference in which they 
lave discussed their attitudes toward 
he Berlin crisis, Laos and the Rus- 
ian demand for a three-member 
'troika" system for controlling the 
Jnited Nations Secretariat. 

Just as Gromyko prepares to leave, 
rtr. Kennedy picks up a book, flips it 
ipen and directs the Soviet diplomat's 
ittention to a poem by the 19th cen- 
ury poet Ivan Andrevich Krylov. 
The book is a collection of fables, 
)rinted in Russian and English by 
)giz, the Soviet state publishing 
lOuse, in 1947.) 

Gromyko looks at the poem, entitled 
'The Swan, the Pike and the Crab." 

He reads: 

'When partners with each other don't 

agree 
'Each project must a failure be, 
'And out of it no profit come, but 

sheer vexation. 
A swan, a pike, and crab once took 

their station 
In harness, and would come for 

them to start, drag a loaded cart; 
But, when the moment 
They swear, they strain, and yet the 

cart stands still; what's lacking? 
The load must, as it seemed, have 

been but light; 
The swan, though to the clouds takes 

flight, 



"The pike into the water pulls, the 

crab keeps backing. 
"Now which of them was right, which 

wrong, concerns us not: 
"The cart is still upon the selfsame 

spot." 

Gromyko closes the book slowly. He 
and the President look at each other. 

And then the stern-visaged Soviet 
foreign minister sums up his reaction: 
"But we were talking about people." 

AIRLINES AGREE TO 
DISCONTINUE LIQUOR SERVICE 
TO COACH PASSENGERS 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— Al- 
though the agreement must have Civil 
Aeronautics Board approval to be- 
come effective, representatives of the 
nation's major airlines has said they 
would discontinue sale of liquor to 
coach passengers aboard planes. 

Their agreement stipulates that 
coach passengers will hereafter be 
charged for food served on air craft 
to compensate for the loss of the 
liquor revenue. 

If the agreement receives CAB ap- 
proval, it will apply only to coach 
and not first-class passengers. 

Legislation banning the serving or 
consumption of alcoholic beverages 
aloft, supported by religious bodies, 
has been introduced in past sessions 
of Congress, but House and Senate 
Committees on Interstate Commerce 
have declined to consider the bills. 

The measures have been opposed by 
the CAB and the Federal Aviation 
Agency on the grounds that present 
controls on liquor aboard planes are 



sufficient and that commercial airlines 
would lose revenue. 

"ADULT CHRISTIANS" INVITED 
TO SOFT-DRINK CABARET 

SYDNEY, Australia (EP) — A 
prominent Methodist clergyman has 
opened a cabaret here "for adult 
Christians where no intoxicating 
drinks will be served." 

He is Dr. Alan Walker, superintend- 
ent of Sydney's Central Methodist 
Misson. Dr. Walker calls it "an ex- 
periment designed to bridge the gulf 
between the Church and people who 
have no contact with religion." 

Attending opening night were 150 
patrons who were entertained with a 
floor show that featured hymns sung 
to modern rhythms and various va- 
riety acts. 

Instead of beer or liquor, the guests 
drank fruit cocktails, coffee, soft 
drinks and milk. 

"HAMS" LOSE LICENSES FOR 
USING OBSCENE LANGUAGE 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— The 
licenses of two amateur radio opera- 
tors have been revoked by the Federal 
Communications Commission for "use 
of indecent, obscene and profane lan- 
guage on radio." 

John H. Puckett of Birmingham, 
Ala., and Robert G. Minger, Fresno, 
Calif., lost their licenses to operate 
on the Class D Citizens Band as a re- 
sult of the enforcement action. The 
FCC said that these are the first 
prosecutions it has brought against 
amateur operators on the grounds of 
obscene conversation on the airwaves. 

The commission two years ago re- 
voked the licenses of a number of 
shrimp boat operators in the Gulf of 
Mexico and other boatmen for the use 
of o'bscenity and profanity. 

It has now warned amateur radio 
'hams" to observe the law in this re- 
gard or face action. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 



TO BEGIN AGAIN 



OUR WELCOME of the new year is colored 
with sadness at the thought of parting with 
the old. Time is a priceless possession. It is dif- 
ficult for us humans to fully appreciate our joys 
until time has carried them from us. That's why, 
I believe, we get so much fun out of looking back, 
generally speaking. In our looking back, we most- 
ly forget to see the dark spots which, perhaps, 
is good. But are we smart when we live in the 
past ? I think not. The commonly accepted theory 
is that it is a sign of aging. 

To most of us the old year has about it tender 
and hallowed associations. It has had its momenis 
of high inspiration and has brought the fulfill- 
ment of cherished hopes. Mingled with these 
times we cling to in memory are those times of 
toil, struggle and disappointment. Our churches 
have not attained the high degi-ee of "Christ- 
likeness" that we had hoped they would, our fel- 
lowships have too often been something less than 
lovely, and growth in the Christian Way has been 
stymied by irrelevant and petty side issues. Many 
times the side-show has consumed the main tent. 

The voice of reproach from the old year re- 
minds us of good resolutions abandoned, oppor- 
tunities neglected and duties thrust aside. There 
was a determination as we began, but in retro- 
spect the poverty of. our achievements is a con- 
trast to the splendor of our purposes. Despite our 
chill as we "look at the record", we are led to 
gratefully acknowledge the goodness of God and 
render Him our tribute of praise. 

But the past is not dead. Today is the result 
of yesterday. We are what we are because of 
what we have been, to a considerable degi'ee. We 
can learn from past associations, successes and 
even failures, IF WE WILL TO, UNDER GOD. 



Let us determine, as we stride into the new 
year, that we will not permit the events of 1961 
to ham-string us for the use of the Master in 
1962. A certain poet has recommended tha;;, 
whether we have been a success or a failure, we 
"Forget it". Too long drinking at the well of 
our successes can be as detrimental as to dwell 
unduly on the failures we have had. Indeed, a new 
page awaits our writing. 

It will take some time to re-cap the year's 
figures as far as Brethren Laymen membership 
is concerned, but we will have it for you from 
our secretary in an early issue. New sights have 
been set and we would encourage our men around 
the country to new efi'orts in trying to justify 
the large place commonly allotted to men of thei 
church. Risking the charge of repeating myself/ 
let me remind all of us that, interesting new men 
or even holding our own takes time, care and in-i 
genuity of programming that too often is miss-; 
ing in our laymen locals. 

The genesis of the new year can be a grand 
time if we will determine within ourselves thatt 
with God's help, we will do a better piece of worli 
for Him in '62. Indeed, with Paul, we must say. 
"This one thing I do, forgetting those thing? 
which are behind, and reaching forth unto thos< 
things which are before, I press toward the marl 
for the prize of the high calling of God in Chris' 
Jesus." 

Brainard puts it this way: 

"I see not a step before me 

As I tread on another year; 

But I've left the past in God's keeping, 

The future His mercy shall clear; 

And what looks dark in the distance, 

May brighten as I draw near." 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 



January 6, 1962 



PaKi; rwciily-one 



yilg Isaac B. Litton 

President's 
Message 



THE GREAT GAME 

ATHLETICS— baseball, football, basketball— 
almost any kind, I like them all. But there 
is something queer about athletics. 

We had company for dinner the other day, a 
football player. He was a fine chap but it seemed 
to me he did a strange thing at that dinner. Lemon 
meringue pie was passed. He said, "No, thank 
you." I asked him if that was among his dislikes 
and he said, "No, I love it." I asked if he was 
sick and he said, "No, I am fine. You see, I am 
in training and I cannot eat pie." Now, I call that 
mighty strange. Why shouldn't a football player 
eat pie if he wants to, even if he is in training? 

I also discovered that there were other things 
that the coach does not want his boys to do — 
late hours, etc. 

It means a little sacrifice, doesn't it? Sacrifice 
requires willpower and determination. 

When We go to a game of any kind we want 
to see the best players, don't we? We want the 
best players on our team. I also discovered that 
giving up things is not the only requirement ex- 
pected of good players. Tliey have to take good, 
stiff exercise and work out every day in order to 
keep their muscles hard so they can stand all the 
knocks and kicks and tumbles they will get — en- 
durance is the word. Tliey study hard to learn 
the rules of the game so they will not foul and 
bring a penalty upon the team. Knowledge of the 
game is a necessity. Then, with their coach, they 
sit down and figure out runs and passes and 
plunges so they can reach the goal in spite of the 
opposition. 

There is work — hard work — even in play. Al- 
most any game you can think of takes work, and 
the bigger the game, the more diff'icult the work. 

Laymen, will you think with me for a moment 
about the big game which every one of us has 
to play, the great game of life? Some people are 
good players and some are poor. 

We laymen must be trained in our Christian 
life. We must be willing to sacrifice, perhaps not 
pie, but even a little time. In our game as well as 
in athletics it takes more will power — determina- 
tion, endurance, knowledge and work. 



Oh, if I could only inspire every Layman with 
the importance of these characteristics to be good 
players, our goals in our Brethren Church would 
be so easily achieved. 

We need a knowledge of our Laymen's work. 
We do not want to foul — the penalty is too great 
a loss. Books and more books are needed. Our 
Seminary would suffer the loss. Laymen, we can- 
not afford to lose. 

Christ's is a wonderful work in this game of 
life. He wishes the people on His team to be 
trained so they will be the best players. 

With Christ as our coach, practicing all the 
characteristics needed for a good player, the Lay- 
men of the Brethren Church can and will go for-- 
ward for the year 1962-1963. 

What will our score be August, 1963 — ????? 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

GARBER BRETHREN CHURCH, through its scribe, 
brother Donald Devore, writes ye ed. of their recent ac- 
tivities and plans for the future. These men meet on Sat- 
urday evenings, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9 being mentioned as 
their dates. After their devotional period and business 
session they spent the rest of the time in their Nov. meet- 
ing in covering seats of folding chairs for the junior 
department of the Sunday School. Kenneth Icenhour 
served refreshments and they looked forward to their 
December meeting when Rev. Glenn Shank was scheduled 
to speak to them. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND Brethren Laymen report the 
re-organization of their group and list brother Robert 
Whitney as their president. Other officers include Charles 
Sayler, Herman Blacksten, Charles Blacksten, Harry Ger- 
nand and William IMcKinstry. Named to a board of direc- 
tors, in addition to the above, are Walter Brandenburg, 
Roger Blacksten, Ralph Geer and Charles Messier. Their 
present project is the installing of partitions in the base- 
ment of their church, which, it is said, will give them five 
class rooms for the primary department. They are promot- 
ing a plan to increase the number of subscribers of the 
Brethren Evangelist. 

GRATIS, OHIO Brethren Laymen report through Virgil 
Barnhart to John W. Porte as follows: "Our laymen's 
group is again active this year. Last year we had 13 
members and this year we have 17 already. In December 
we are planning a combined Laymen-Brotherhood meeting. 
We are in the process now of starting and sponsoring 
a Brotherhood. We felt the combined meeting would be 
a good first step. In January we hope to organize the 
Brotherhood and hold regular meetings from then on. 
Pray for us in this new venture. 

Our laymen have a local project. We are also active 
in the Ohio Valley Laymen. We are hoping that our men 
will be responsive to all the projects, local, Miami Valley 
and National." 



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Pfet^ren 
■ Youth 

jjrusaders 



B. C. D. 





CLAYTON RECEPTION 



DARK BROWN STUDY 

Hustle and bustle. . .excitement. . .prepax-ations. . .plans 
. . . teenagers . . . and Brethren College Days were here. 
October 27 arrived and approximately 45 high school ju- 
niors and seniors arrived on Ashland College campus. 

They visited classes 

toured the campus and doi'mitories 
met professors and deans 

learned about Ashland College. 

The teenagers visited the home of Dr. & IVIrs. Glenn 
Clayton, the president and his wife of Ashland College. 
They occupied themselves part of the time by singing 
around the piano. In a deep, dart: brown study is the 
National Youth Director, IVTarlin McCann, whose thoughts 
were running something like this: "Now what shall we 
sing next? 'Steal Away' or 'A Ram Sam Sam'?" 

The evening was topped off with refreshments, served 
by iVIrs. Clayton. In the picture you see IVIrs. Clayton on 



The spectacular photographic feat shown here 
was accomplished by our skilled Youth Director 
during the 1961 Youth Conference in August. 

Pictured here is Rev. Dan Ankerberg, the Youth 
Conference speaker, as he points at Mac, who is 
taking his picture. John Gilbert is sitting and 
observing the entire scene. And those really are 
fish, swordfish, a whale and diver you see in 
the picture — your eyes are not deceiving you! 
Evidently the whale has just passed by, the sword- 
fish is attacking Dan and another fish is com- 
ing up fast from behind. Billy Booth in his div- 
ing suit is clinging to Dan and John has his head 
just above the ocean floor. 

Two lecterns are visible — this is for the speaker 
who wishes to turn from one side to the other 
and not get lost among his notes. 

We are sure you will want to applaud the com- 
position of this spectacular shot. Our Director 
put forth a great deal of effort to obtain this 
effect — by not turning the knob on the camera! 

(Actually this double exposure reveals the stage 
decorations for the Conference theme, "Exploring 



GOOF OF THE YEAR 




the Depths," and the Youth speaker. Rev. Dan 
Ankerberg along with John Gilbert, Chapel leader 
of the day.) 



January 6, 1962 



Page 'i'weiity-lliree 



the left and Mrs. Lindower on the right. Mrs. Fern Smith 

stands in the background — she is the college dietician. 

October 28, Saturday, and another busy day begins... 
devotions in the chapel with the Gospel Teams in charge 
...panel discussions on college requirements and oppor- 
tunities. . .tours. . .individual conferences. . .AND the ban- 
quet. 

Ah, yes, shades of the banquet! Food and fun. Tom 
Grisso and his gee-tar, Carolyn Immel and her songs, 
the octet and their numbers, Pam Miller and her piano 
solo. There were some goofs here and there to liven things 
up a bit and to keep everyone in stitches. 

Sunday mor-ning with church, Sunday School and din- 
ner brought Brethren College Days to an end for another 
year. 

The weekend was busy. . .filled with activities. . .fellow- 
ship. . .teenagers. And it vvas worth it! 

As the sun set in the west, cars went to the east, lo 
the west, north and south from A. C. as B. C. D. came 
to a close. 



Happy New Year 




Brethren Youth would like to take this opportunity 
to wish you a happy holiday season and particularly a 
Happy New Year. All over the land there were New 
Year's parties and Watchnight services. Resolutions were 
made — some to be broken almost immediately. 

The Church belonging to Jesus Christ should look 
forward to '62 with eagerness, accepting the challenges 
that lie ahead. These may be almost impossible to meet 
but God has promised us the strength needed for any task. 

May this year bring abundance of gi'owth in your youth 
groups and other church work. Support your church by 
your presence, faith, service, dedication and giving. Fol- 
lowing are some contrasting ideas about your church. . . 
read them carefully. . .improve yourself as a Christian 
and church member: 

10 WAYS TO KILL YOUR CHURCH 

1. Talk about the preacher and/or his wife — adversely, 
that is. Repeat every idle tale to others — indiscrimi- 
nately. 

2. Make no preparations for your church responsibilities. 
Don't even study your Bible or the Sunday School 
lesson. Don't EVER attend any study classes, prayer 
meetings, etc. 

3. Tell your class, or your group, how small the at- 
tendance is and how disappointed you are in them. 
Keep them discouraged! 

4. Don't visit. That's what the preacher's paid for. 

5. Don't give. Why should the church count on your (?) 
money to operate on? 

6. Go somewhere else on Sunday— ANYWHERE else! 

7. Take no pride in the church property. Cast-off fur- 
niture, drapes, books, etc., are "good enough" for the 
church. 

8. Refuse to hold any office. If elected, just sit dovvn 
and do nothing. Just think how much of your (?) 
time you would have to sacrifice. 

9. If you attend Sunday School, be sure to arrive a little 
late, and be sure to walk out before the Worship Ser- 
vice begins. 



10. No matter what change is suggested — fight it! There's 
sure to be "something wrong" with it or you would 
have thought of it long ago! But remember — this 
procedure will not only eliminate your church — it will 
completely eliminate all spiritual meaning from your 
life! 

10 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHURCH 

1. Never miss a service on your own account, and always 
try to be on time. 

2. Enter heartily into the worship of song, prayer and 
praise. 

3. Don't find fault if people are not "sociable" but be 
sure you greet everyone you pass and speak cordially 
to all you meet. 

4. Don't seek a place of prominence, or get mad if you 
are not promoted but accept cheerfully the place of- 
fered to you and work faithfully to fulfill your duty. 

5. If things do not suit you, don't knock, but enter in 
and try to reform them. 

6. If you are pleased with the minister's message, or 
the music, tell the minister or choir director, and by 
all means tell others who were not there. 

7. Always cooperate with any forward movement at- 
tempted and never oppose a movement merely because 
it is "new." 

8. Speak to the unsaved at every opportunity about the 
Christian life, but remember that what you are speaks 
louder than what you say. 

9. If someone accuses you of wanting to "run the church," 
go on about your Christian duty. Remember, you are 
a servant of God, and that Satan uses every means 
possible to mar your influence. 

10. Never "go with the crowd" except as "the crowd" goes 
right. 
Let us make 1962 a year of growth and progress for 
Christ and the Brethren Church! 



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LET US BE EFFECTIVE WITNESSES! 

MARGARET E. LOWERY. President, 
National Brethren Youth Board 



EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT the three R's: "readin', and 'ritin', and 
'rithmetic". One can't go very far in education or life without them. 
In the Christian life, too, there are needs just as essential. Familiarity with 
the Brethren Church depends on reading ability. The story of our faith 
must come through the pages of the Brethren Evangelist. 

Why should every Brethren read the Brethren Evangelist? 

1. To gain more Bible knowledge, which is the basis of our faith in God 
and the reason for the Brethren Church being in existence. 

2. To provide religious education materials, which will train the heart 
and mind along the lines of things eternal. 

3. To present interesting programs, which will help to develop Christian 
character and culture. 

4. To enable all Brethren to know and enjoy what the churches and mis- 
sionaries are doing, which will broaden each one's horizon. 

5. To suggest opportunities of service, which afford ample opportunity 
to serve God and the Church in activities not recognized locally. 

What blessings are received in reading the Evangelist? 

1. Our Brethren faith will be greatly strengthened. 

2. Our spiritual life will be enriched. 

3. Our denominational interests will grow. 

4. Our eyes will be focused on things eternal. 

5. Our desire will be to "GO-TEACH-WIN" souls for Christ. 
Everything we do to elevate the moral and spiritual tone of our peo- 
ple increases the value of the Brethren Church, and is an influence to bet- 
ter church interests. Knowledge contained in libraries and universities 
has its proper place and importance. Brethren need to glean wisdom from 
the pages of the Brethren Evangelist to make them effective Brethren wit- 
nesses. 

Many of us are ready to give concentrated attention to secular knowl- 
edge, but what of our devotion to Christian wisdom? Are we easily di- 
verted from Bible study and other Christian reading, or don't we even be- 
gin? R. G. LeTourneau's words are direct: "If Christianity is all we say 
it is, it is worth everything. We should go all out for God or else quit 
playing Church." 

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during 1962 





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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications ..Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 
Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society . . Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization . . Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board ....Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in July 
and the last week in December by: 

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Prudential Committee: 

A. Glenn Carpenter, President; Rev. Phil Lersch, 
Vice President; H. D. Hunter, Secretary-Treasurer. 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Death On Our Highways" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Daily Devotions — January 22-31 6 

Coming Events 7 

"The Holy Spirit at Work", Part Two- 
Rev. Percy C. Miller 8 

Sunday School Suggestions 10 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 11 

Spiritual Meditations 11 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for February) 12 

Sarasota Calls Young Man to the Ministry 16 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 17 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches 17 

Chaplain Beekley Broadcasts in Turkey 18 

News from the Brethren 18 

Memorials 18 

Weddings 19 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

MODERN HYMNS 

"I love Thy Church, O God, 
Her walls before Thee stand," 
But please excuse my absence. Lord, 
This bed is simply grand. 

"A charge to keep I have, 
A God to glorify." 
But Lord, no cash from me, 
Thy glory comes too high. 

"Am I a soldier of the Cross, 
A follower of the Lamb?" 
Yes. Though I seldom pray or pay, 
I still insist, I am. 

"Must Jesus bear the cross alone. 
And all the world go free?" 
No! Others, Lord, should do their part; 
But please don't count on me. 

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise Him all creatures here below." 
Oh, loud my hymns of praise I bring, 
Because it doesn't cost to sing! 

— Selected. 



THE BIBLE THOROUGHFARE 

"There is but one road. Heaven is at one end 
and hell at the other. The road to hell is the road 
to heaven. The only difference is the way you are 
going. It is not so much what road you are on, but 
which way are you going. The meanest sinner only 
has to turn around and face the other way, and 
he is on the way to heaven." 

— Sam Jones. 



SPEAKING OF CHURCH ATTENDANCE 

George Washington's pastor said, "No company 
ever kept the President away from church. I have 
often been at Mt. Vernon on Sunday morning when 
the breakfast table was filled with visitors. But 
to Mr. Washington, they furnished no pretext for 
neglecting God and losing the satisfaction of setting 
a good example. For instead of staying at home 
out of courtesy to them, he would constantly in- 
vite them to accompany him to church." 



FOR THE PREACHER 

A preacher ought to be thi-ee things. He ought 
to be, first of all, a clear expositor of the truth; 
then he ought to be an impassioned deliverer of 
the truth; and then he ought to be a daily incarna- 
tion of the truth. 

—Dr. Thomas J. Villers. 



World Religious News in Review 19 ' 

The Brethren Layman 

(Brotherhood Program for January) 20 ' 

The Brethren Youth 22 



January 13, 1962 



['age Three 




itor's 



THE TERRIFIC death toll on 
the nation's highways as 
evidenced over the Christmas 
and New Year's weekends, is 
nothing short of senselessness in 
view of what we are told is one 
of the major causes of accidents. 
As Christian citizens of America 
concerned with the safety and 
welfare of fellow-citizens and 
ourselves, we are aware that 
this highway carnage, reaching 
its peaks over holidays, succeeds 
in snuffing out the life of almost 
one hundred of us every day, 
day in and day out. 

The efforts of safety direc- 
tors, highway patrols and con- 
cerned citizens is paying great 
dividends, and every danger and 
cause of the bloody carnage is 
being brought to our attention 
in order to help us to live to 
see the sun rise on a thousand 
tomorrows. But it doesn't make 
sense to us to promote a tre- 
mendous program of highway 
safety — radar speed control, re- 
examination of drivers, traffic 
control devices and safety-built 
automobiles — when one of the 
greatest causes of accidents — 
Driving While Intoxicated — is 
allowed to continue unchecked 
until after an offense — many 
times fatal — is committed. 

Depending upon whose statis- 
tics you study, it is asserted 
that from one-third to one-half 
of all fatal accidents occur be- 
cause one or more drivers in- 
volved had been drinking alco- 



holic beverages. New York City, 
in a recent year, gave drinking 
as the cause of 73% of their 
fatals. 

Yet nothing is done to keep 
any Ameiican driver of an auto- 
mobile from getting all the liq- 
uor he wants under his belt be- 
fore he drives an automobile. 
Radar is set up to keep a man 
from speeding as a cause of ac- 
cidents ; drivers are examined 
and reexamined to reveal physi- 
cal or mental defects which 
would lead to an accident. Cars 
are safety-inspected to keep 
mechanically unfit cars from 
causing accidents. These and 
many more things are done to 
prevent accidents before they 
start. 

Yet when it comes to prevent- 
ing alcohol from causing acci- 
dents, a slight slap on the wrist 
with such slogans as, "If you 
drink, don't drive," or, "If you 
drive, don't drink,' is about all 
that is done. At the same time 
we make the stuff available 
right under the nose of Ameri- 
can drivers, as note your saloons 
in most towns and cities, and 
taverns along many miles of our 
highways. Tliese commercial es- 
tablishments actually encourage 
people to drink, ignoring the po- 
tential danger when these drink- 
ers become drivers on our high- 
ways. 

It just doesn't make sense, 
and it makes less sense when 
you study the statistics as to 
how many accidents are attri- 
buted to drinking on the part of 
the driver or drivers. Fully one- 



^mth On Our 
Highways 

third to one-half of all accidents 
could be prevented if the alco- 
hol-soaked driver were banished 
from the road. Attention, High- 
way Safety Directors: Fully 
one-third to one-half of Ameri- 
ca's day-by-day highway slaugh- 
ter could be stopped if the cause 
of the drinking driver would be 
regulated as has been speeding, 
physically incompetent drivers 
and mechanicallj' unfit cars — do- 
ing something about it before it 
starts. 

What good is speed controlled 
)jy radar, otherwise healthy 
drivers, better traffic control de- 
vices, better roads, and vehicles, 
if the drivers continue to impair 
their reaction time and response 
ability by drinking alcoholic bev- 
erages before driving? The ter- 
rific slaughter on our highways 
attributed to alcoholic drinking 
is your answer. 

It seems foolish when we talk 
about highway safety to control 
speed to the point where one or 
two miles over the limit nets you 
a nice fine, rule "physically in- 
competent drivers and mechani- 
cally unsafe vehicles" off the 
road (good progi'ams in them- 
selves) and then invite a driver 
with "one or two beers" — or 
more — to go out on a speed- 
controlled highway in a safety 
inspected vehicle and commit 
murder as a drunken driver. 
Morally, as Christian Ameri- 
cans, we have no right to be at 
ease in Zion until drinking driv- 
ers as a cause of accidents are 
treated in the same way as 
other causes of accidents — by 
doing something about them be- 
fore accidents happen — in this 
case, remove the source of their 
liquor. W. S. B. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




THE BIBLE SCHOOL — A MUST 

Irvin Stern 



THE CHURCH of Christ in the 
Sudan, Eastern Araa, was 
planted in Nigeria by missionaries of 
the Church of the Brethren Mission. 
Its present constitution was adopted 
in 1956. It is making great strides 
in the conversion of people in the 
area which it serves. In fact, it has 
been increasing its membership so 
rapidly tiiat there has been a dearth 
of trained leadership to instruct the 
converts. This dearth of trained lead- 
ership has become evident at many 
points. The teacher of Class of Re- 
ligious Instnaction often had few 
qualifications for the job other than 
the fact that he was available and 
willing. He almost never had specific 
training for the work, and very few 
were able to get training when they 
showed promise. Most of the preach- 
ing in the 280 preaching points of 
the Church is done week after week 
by untrained preachers. Most of the 
preaching is divided out among the 



people of the congregation who have 
shown maturity in the Christian way. 
Such topics as "The Wise and Foolish 
Virgins" and "The Woman with tlie 
Issue of Blood" became favorite ser- 
mon topics. 

For some time both Nigerian lead- 
ers and missionaries have been aware 
of the need for trained leadership. 
The question has been, "Who should 
bs trained, and how?" These questions 
are beginning to get answers. 

One answer has been the develop- 
ment of the Theological College of 
Northern Nigeria. It is a cooperative 
effort of a number of Churches in 
Northern Nigeria and the missions 
who planted them. This is a very im- 
portant venture which will be able 
to give mature and well-trained lead- 
ership to the Churches in the future. 
It will be able to produce men of 
the calibre who can give leadership 
in the direction of bringing together 
Nigerian culture with the Christian 



faith. It cannot, however, produce 
enough leadership quickly enough for 
the immediate emergency. Also, the 
churches cannot support enough of 
these men until they have a stronger 
lay leadership. Thus, the Theological 
College, while it is most important 
and needs our full support, is not the 
whole answer. 

Another answer has been to de- 
velop a Bible School-within the Church 
area here. Bible Schools have become 
important ai-ound the world in train- 
ing both lay and full-time workers 
for the younger churches. In 1959 Hu- 
bert Reynhout, Jr., made a study in 
which he says that there are approxi- 
mately 568 Bible Schools in mission 
fields over the world. The faculty and 
staff in these schools, both national 
and missionary staff, totals nearly 
4,000. They have a student body of 
over 23,000 and their alumni already 
number about 75,000. So it is quite 
obvious that the Church in our area 




Some of these students will desire 
to become full-time evangelists or 
pastors. Others will have a real op- 
portunity to witness to their people 
making a living as do the majority 
of the people, from farming. 



January 13, 1962 



Page Five 



is not pioneering in their development 
of a Bible School, but that it is to 
fill a need that is universally felt 
around the world. 

The objective of the Bil)le School 
is to prepare Christians to become 
witnesses and workers for Christ and 
His Church who will effectively and 
fruitfully serve God and Man. The 
present plan for carrying out this ob- 
jective is to gather together a class 
of students with up to 25 men in the 
class. These men will remain at the 
school for a course of three years. 
An intake two years out of three 
will fill the facilities of the school, 
which is planned for 50 students. Ap- 
plicants for the school must be of 
college age or above. They must have 
had at least four years of formal 
education to enter. They must have 
the written approval of their local 
church indicating that their past wit- 
ness and chaz-acter are satisfactory. 
Finally, selection is made among the 
applicants by giving a written exam- 
ination and then personally interview- 
ing the ones who have made passing 
marks. 

The students come to the school 
with their families, and their wives 
are required to attend the women's 
school. It is the responsibility of the 
students to provide their own food, 
clothing, medical care, and transpoi'- 
tation to and from the school. In ad- 
dition, they pay a small fee which 
covers the cost of consumable supplies 
used in instruction. Students who are 
not able to carry this financial bur- 
den often are able to get some assis- 
tance from their home churches. 

At the Bible School, efforts have 
been made to make it possible for 
each student to support himself by 
farming on the Bible School's farm 
land. The Mission has obtained from 
the Nigerian Government a lease on 
120 acres of land. This land is di- 
vided into two-acre plots for the stu- 
dents to use in growing their own 
food and to have small cash crops. 
The school owns bullocks and plows 
which the students may use in their 
farming. They must farm according 



to a plan under the supei'vision of 
the Bible School's agriculturist. 

The academic program of the school 
is designed to prepare the students 
so that he will be able to give strong 
lay-leadership to the local church. He 
will be able to do a more effective 
job of leading the Sunday sei-\'ices 
and have a better grasp of how to 
go about preparing and delivering a 
sermon. He will have a better under- 
standing of the Bible, theology, and 
related courses. He will be able to 
read English and converse in it. He 
will have spent one-fifth of his aca- 
demic program on agricultural 
courses. 

One thing to make the training 
given by the Bible School more prac- 
tical is to have the school become 
mobile during each year for a period 
of about a month. The students go 
in teams to different villages, stay- 
ing a week, and then going on to 
another village. In these villages the 
students carry on a full program of 
classes in Bible, discussion, groups, 
visitation, drama, and preaching. 

The Nigerian Church faced the task 
of finding a fitting name for their 
Bible School. It decided to call it 
Kulp Bible School. That the Nigerian 
Church should name one of its most 
prized possessions after a missionary 
from another country in this time of 
strong nationalism may seem strange 
to some. However, it is easy to un- 
derstand when one knows the ex- 
tremely high esteem in which they 
hold the pioneer founder of the mis- 
sion who has devoted nearly forty 
years of his life to bringing the Gos- 
pel to this land. The Nigerian Church 
leaders felt very strongly that they 
wanted to give this honor to Dr. H. 
Stover Kulp. 

When the students finish their 
course at the Bible School it is hoped 
that most of them will be willing 
to return to their home communities 
or to go into unreached areas and 
settle down as farmers, using oxen 
and ci'op rotation. There they might 
have a becter-than-average income 
and at the same time give leadership 



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Second memberships 

Harold Walters Smithfield, Penna. 

Masontown church 
Mrs. John Gulp Nappanee, Indiana 



to the Christians in the area and 
lead them out in evangelism. Un- 
doubtedly some of the students will 
desire to become full-time evangelists 
or pastors. The Church needs such. 
But the church needs a strong corps 
of young men and women who made 
their living as do the majority of the 
people in our area, from farming. 
These young men and women while 
living next to the jjeople will have 
a real opportunity to witness to them 
and to giv3 leadership in the com- 
munity and the Church. 




•Tm Here!" 

The John Row- 
sey family really 
know how to cel- 
ebrate New 
Year's Day! 
While "old man 
1961" was tak- 
ing leave and 
"spanking new 
1962" had just 
come in with a 
bang, Valerie 
Jean Rowsey, a 
brand new baby 
girl, was ithe sec- 
ond child to be boi-n at the Ashland 
Hospital for the new year. 

The new baby girl was born at 
8:45 a.m., weighing 6 pounds 11 
ounces. Both baby and mother are 
doing fine. 

I talked to the new daddy yester- 
day and he said he thought that he'd 
make it too. 

Regina, John, Susan, and Skipper 
arrived in the States just a couple 
weeks ago from Buenos Aires, Ar- 
gentina where they are serving our 
deno^mination as missionaries. John is 
quite skilled as a radio technician and 
has been priceless to 'the Radio Work. 
The Rowseys are residing at the 
Missionary Home at 1014 Grant 
Street here in Ashland. 

JR 



l*a,!;e Six 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for January— "OF WRITTEN TRUTH" 



Writer for January— DR. JOHN F. LOCKE 
January 22nd through 31st— "The Fulfillment of Truth" 



January 22, 1962 
Read Scripture: I Timothy 2:1-8 

Scripture Verse: Who will have all 
men saved, and to come to the knowl- 
edge of the truth. I Timothy 2:4. 

Did you ever try to close your eyes 
and visualize the greatness of the 
educational enterprise in the U. S. ? 
From the tiny tots of the first gi'ade 
to the budding doctors in the grad- 
uate schools of this nation, it is vast, 
and costly, and valuable. What is it 
for? We answer that people may have 
saving truth! Think how far-reaching 
are the .consequences of teaching some 
child to read and love the pursuit 
of learning. Some one did that for 
Livingstone, Schweitzer, Booker T. 
Washington, Alexander Mack, Chris- 
topher Sauer, and all the benefactors 
of the race. The aim of getting truth 
into the individual's life and interest 
is to capture him for the great de- 
signs God has for him. Today's news 
reports a suicide of an 18 year-old- 
husband and father. Who failed him ? 
Why does anyone fail to come to the 
knowledge of the truth since God 
wants them to ? 

The Day's Thought 

I will help others to grow in the 
truth, and love it by living it myself. 

January 23, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 8:12-36 

Scripture Verse: And ye shall know 
the truth and the truth shall make you 
free" John 8:32. 

"Ye shall know the truth and the 
truth shall make you free" is a much- 
quoted scripture verse. Most fre- 
quently it is quoted without reference 
to the context which makes plain 
and very specific that Jesus Christ 
is the truth i-eferred to. The mere 
knowledge of some facts about mathe- 
matics, biology, chemistry, or geog- 
raphy or any branch of human learn- 
ing . . . may save us from ignorance in 



some area of learning. For instance, 
many scientists are slaving for their 
Communist masters but one would be 
entirely mistaken to call them free 
men. Many free Americans are slaves 
to alcoholism or they have become 
mastered by "the little white god", the 
cigarette. That no one should be mis- 
taken as to the real source of free- 
dom, Jesus .said, "If the Son therefore 
shall make you free, you shall be free 
indeed". Here is freedom for the 
whole personality — not in just a few 
areas of thought but freedom to face 
God, and life, and eternity! 

The Day's Thought 

Today I intend to enjoy my free- 
dom in Christ in coping with my pi'ob- 
lems, fears and in managing my life 
for His glory. 

January 24, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 10:17-24 

Scripture Verse: But rather rejoice, 
because your names are written in 
heaven. Luke 10:20. 

The old gospel hymn asks the sob- 
ering question: "Is my name written 
there?" The question does not refer 
to the society pages, or the lists of 
stockholders, or those selected for 
honors as having achieved something 
worthy of recognition — no, this ques- 
tion relates to something which will 
have value when all else is valueless. 
To have served Him who is the truth 
is to achieve the highest. To have 
your name written in "the Lamb's 
Book of Life" (Rev. 21:27) is the real 
fulfillment of the truth . . . what it 
meant to you, what you did with it 
and how you acted on it. What do 
you rejoice about? "Is it in line with 
what Jesus taught?" should be the 
source of our highest satisfaction. 

The Day's Thought 

The highest happiness flows fi'om a 
right relationship with God which you 



can depend on for eternity. It is to be i 
had in Christ alone. 

January 25, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 100 

Scripture Verse: For the Lord is 
good; his mercy is everlasting; and 
his truth endureth to all generations. 
Psalm 100 :.5. 

Time's tooth gnaws away every- 
thing else, but it is powerless against 
the truth. Ti-uth eventually conquers 
all things. A Russian proverb says 
that Truth will out, even if buried 
in a golden coffin. Confucius declared, 
"The aim of the superior man is 
truth", and "Those who know the 
truth are not equal to those who love 
it". The Psalmist gives us the wis- 
dom wrung from experience in the 
verse above. It is a most comforting 
thing to know about God and His 
truth. People slave for the temporal, 
short-lived possessions. If we possess 
God's truth, we may have its blessings 
forever. So-called scientific truth be- 
comes out-dated and must often be 
discarded as theories no longer ten- 
able in the light of new knowledge. 
We need not fear truth... only error 
paraded as the truth. Some simple 
and necessary truths are often the last 
to be believed. 

The Day's Thought 

Let us hold fast the truth of God 
that we may have light and guidance 
for life. 

January 26, 1962 
Read Scripture: The Second Epistle 
of John 

Scripture Verse: For the truth's 
sake, which dwelleth in us and shall 
be with us forever. II John, verse 2. 

In this short letter from the Elder 
to the Elect Lady we note that it 
is only in the truth of Christianity 
that we can love as we ought to. 
Agape is the word for Christian love. 
It is not easily acquired, or used, but 
it is undefeatable goodwill. No matter 
what others do, if we love them in 
the truth we shall seek their highest 
good. John writes in love to warn. 
Love and truth are inseparable. There 
are people in life and in literature in 
whom our soul delights, because of 
the truth in which we have true fel- 
lowship. Those who speak the name 
of Christ, but do not follow Him in 
their daily walk, are deceivers — anti- 
christs. The authority of the truth 
binds our souls to God; the love of 
Christ constrains us to reach out to 
help our brethren. 



Jamiaiy 13, 1962 



Page Seven 



The Day's Thought 

I shall seek to love in the truth, 
and remember that truth is the high- 
est thing men may keep. May I never 
forget what one person can do. 

January 27, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalms 117 and 118 

Scripture Verse: For the truth of 
the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye 
the Lord. Psalm 117:2. 

Dr. Wilbur M. Smith points out in 
The Biblical Expositor that Elizabeth 
Barrett and Robert Browning wrote 
exquisite love letters but Mr. and 
Mrs. Browning are not living today. . . 
they cannot address these words to 
a new genei-ation; they cannot keep 
their promises or carry out their ex- 
pressed desires. But God is from ev- 
erlasting to everlasting. When we 
open the Bible and read the scriptures, 
His word still speaks. God is with 
us. "When we open the Word of 
God, it lives for us as the pages of 
no other book could ever live, be- 
cause its Author, and the One of 
whom it continually speaks, is the 
living and everlasting God". DeQuin- 
cey divided literature into two classes: 
the literature of knowledge and the 
literature of power. . .The chemistry 
book and Macbeth would be good in- 
stances. But the Bible is the Living 
Word showing us the way of life. 
It is the word of life . . . alive as God 
is alive ... Morley said: "Great litera- 
ture consists of those books, and they 
are not so many, where truth and hu- 
man passions are touched with a cer- 
tain largeness, sanity, and attractive- 
ness of form". The Bible has more 
than human literature at its best. 

The Day's Thought 

Since God's truth is eternal and 
available to me I must use it in time 
to enjoy eternity! 

January 28, 1962 
Read Scripture: Revelation 21 

Scripture Verse: And there shall in 
no wise enter into it anything that 
defileth. . .but they which are written 
in the Lamb's book of life. Revela- 
tion 21:27. 

■Cai'l F. H. Henry writes of the lit- 
erai-y pollution of our western world. 
Many brilliant writers attempt to 
make gain by devoting their brilliant 
talents to the exploitation of the im- 
moral and lewd and obscene. By avoid- 
ing a great tradition which was 
shaped by the view of God and His 
relations to mankind we now have 
a century in which conscious evil is 



not abhorred. Men delight in bestiality 
and barbarity. The moral anarchy of 
our times has resulted from the re- 
volt against our Christian heritage. 
But a line is drawn and Heaven will 
not tolerate defilement by any one. 
The fearful and the unbelieving are 
to have their part in hell. Heaven's 
glory shall be unmingled and untar- 
nished. We have a city appointment 
to prepare for. We must be cleansed 
of all sin to enter and there is only 
one who can accomplish that for us. 

The Day's Thought 

Let us open the door of our hearts 
to Him who is able to open Heaven 
to us. 

January 29, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 18:18-30 

Scripture Verse: Who shall not re- 
ceive manifold more in this present 
time, and in the world to come life 
everlasting. Luke 18:30. 

"Earthly things seem so visible, so 
enjoyable, and so effectual; and spir- 
itual things appear so imaginary, so 
troublesome, and so helpless". That's 
how the Rich Young man made his 
tragic mistake and missed the great 
adventure of being with Jesus as He 
spake His matchless words, and did 
His mighty miracles. We who would 
follow Jesus must never be in bondage 
to any material master. "Man's suf- 
ficiency is always insufficient, and his 
adequacy is always inadequate. He is 
at the mercy of everything from mi- 
crobes to drunken drivers, from the 
mistakes of surgeons to the hatred of 
enemies, from accident on the back 
stairs to atom bombs dropped from 
high-flying planes." The young man 
thought he had great possessions but 
really, they had him, and they cheated 
him. 

The Day's Thought 

The security of material things is 
only an illusion. Let's do more for 
the love of God than any materialist 
has done for the love of wealth, or 
patriots for love of country. Saints 
and Missionaries are needed now! The 
rewards : Everlasting. 

January 30, 1962 
Read Scripture: Romans, chapter 6 

Scripture Verse: For the gift of God 
is eternal life through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Romans 6:23. 

St. Paul reminded the Romans that 
once they had been slaves of sin but 
now they had given themselves to God 
they were to be slaves of righteous- 
ness. When we are slaves of sin, sin 



has exclusive possession of us, our 
time, our bodies, minds, conversa- 
tions. But when we become Christians 
we have new interests, new goals, 
a new Master. We cannot give part of 
our time to God and another part to 
the world. With our own free-will we 
give our entire self to Christ. He 
wants us to count the cost, but when 
we do, we find His service anything 
but a slavery. It is a joyous expe- 
I'ience. We earned death by sinning, 
but by God's free gift we receive eter- 
nal life. When we give ourselves to 
Christ we do not become instantly and 
automatically perfect, but we liave a 
new goal and a real hope of arriving. 
The Day's Thought 
God needs my help in bringing hope 
and cheer and truth to someone today. 
I can't earn heaven. . .it's been given 
to me. 

January 31, 1962 
Read Scripture: Epistle, III John 

5>cripture Verse: I have no greater 
joy than to hear that my children walk 
in the truth. Ill John, verse 4. 

The greatest joy of a Christian 
parent or pastor or teacher is to know 
that those that were taught are walk- 
ing in the truth. The truth is not 
something for intellectual exercise or 
discussion. The truth must so fill the 
mind with knowledge that the whole 
personality will respond to it by lov- 
ing it and living it. Christian truth 
makes a man think like God and then 
live like God. John says to his be- 
loved Gaius a very charming thing. 
He wishes him the same sort of body 
health and soundness as that which is 
in his soul. The really "prosperous 
soul" is one who walks in the truth. 
This man Gaius opened his heart to 
the Gospel, then his home and his 
purse. He was a helper of the truth 
and of the brethren who loved the 
truth. Giving the truth the pre- 
eminence in your life avoids making 
a silly mess of it as Diotrephes did. 
The Day's Thought 

To walk in the truth is to walk 
happily without regrets. 

COMING EVENTS 

Bellefontaine, Ohio (Gretna) 

Dedication of new parsonage — Jan. 
14 — Dedication services in the morn- 
ing, with open house in the afternoon 
for the house, and its residents, our 
new pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. 
L. V. King. 

Betty Dearduff, 
Church Secretary. 



I'aKe Eight 



The Brethren Evangelist | 



Conference Inspirdtional Messages 



THE HOLY SPIRIT 



Part Two 



May we consider now what God's standard is for the 
Church and for the Christian. It is a very high standard; 
it is a very holy standard. I would not dare hold it before 
you as a standard if I did not find it in the Word of God. 
Finding it there, I dare not but hold it up as the standard 
for the Church and each of us as individual Christians. 

First, what is His standard for the Church ? We find 
it in the Epistle to the Ephesians. It gives us the highest 
truth of Christ and the Christian that we can find in the 
Bible. (It would be well to read again the entire Epistle 
to the Ephesians.) It shows us what God's conception 
is of the Church. Let us confess that God's conception 
is not always man's conception. Man's conception is often- 
times very, very low. What is God's conception of the 
Church? We have it in Eph. 1:23: "The church which is 
His Body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all." Yes, 
the Church — the fulness of Christ. Does the Church as 
we know it today measure up to that standard ? How 
many of us really expect it to? How many of us really 
think it is possible ? How many of us, who make up the 
Church, really measure up to the fulness of Christ? As 
we think of the failure of the Church to meet God's stand- 
ard, is it not sufficient call for revival ? 

What is the standard for the Christian ? Paul says, "To 
me to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21). A very simple sentence, 
is it not? AND yet it is one of the most profound sentences 
in all the New Testament. It is God's standard for you, 
and God's standard for me. "To me to live is Christ." 
Let us say it in our hearts this moment. "For me to live 
in is for Jesus Christ Himself to be liv- 
ing in ." If these words mean anything, 

they mean just that. Remember, friend, this standard is 
not set for the preacher in the pulpit any more than for 
the person who sits in the pew. Are you ready to meet 
this standard? 

NOW, this is God's high standard and holy standard 
for the Church and for the Christian. But what are too 
many asking God to do ? Too many are asking Him to 
bring the standard down to where they are living. Friends, 
I have news for you. He will not do it for a single mo- 
ment, not for a single person. What is He asking? He is 
asking: oneness in Christ, likeness in Christ, the fulness 
of Christ. This is God's norm for every child of His. 

Therefore, a Spirit-filled life is God's norm for every 
child of His. We saw this standard in the life of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. We saw this standard in the life of early 
Christians. This is the only normal life. Most Christians 
think the very opposite. They think it is only for the 



missionary or the minister. They will criticize us if we 
do not have it. Where do they find this idea in the Bible ? 
Well, what does God say? What is the fulness of the 
Holy Spirit for? The Spirit-filled life is primarily f or ■ 
the sake of Jesus Christ Himself. It is the only life that 
will fully glorify Him. In His high-priestly prayer in ' 
John 17, He prayed: "That He might be glorified in them," 
and "I in them." So, if we as Christians intend to glorify 
Him, our lives must be Spirit-filled, so that those whoJ 
look upon us may see Jesus Christ. I 

Is this life possible? Is it obtainable? Has such fulness 
been provided for me ? In Christ this fulness is provided 
for everyone who is in Him. "For in Him dwelleth ill 
the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9). Are you 
in Him ? Do you know it ? If you are in Him, all that ful- 
ness is yours, for what does the next verse say ? "And 
in Him ye are made full." What is the tense of that verb ? 
Not, "Ye will be made full when you get to heaven," but 
"Ye are made full." That fulness is yours at this very mo- 
ment. Do you believe it? Do you believe it only because 
it is in Colossians ? Is that the only reason you believe 
it? We believe that fulness that is in Him is ours BE- 
CAUSE we are in Him. All that Christ has, we have. 
All that Christ is, we ai-e, because we are a branch in 
the Vine, and the life of the Vine is the life of the branch. 
Yes, oneness in Christ provides the fulness of Christ 
in every Christian. 

Is it possible for us to have the fulness of His life 
of purity, for holiness? He invites us to accept that ful- 
ness. "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give 
him shall never thirst" (John 4:14). The "whosoever" is 
the invitation to every Christian. 

Let us consider again the condition of the church. We 
have noted the lack of power. We see it; we recognize it. 
Whom do we blame? The preacher usually. This is easy 
to do. A part of that blame rests upon every member of 
the church. Are you filled with the fulness of Jesus Christ ? 
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? If not, you are partly 
to blame for the condition of the church to which you 
attend. I have no hope for a i-evival in our church until 
that comes. 

What is the cause of this lack of fulness? If it is pro- 
vided, if it is possible, if it is needful, then why do we 
not have it ? First, I believe it is ignorance. We just do 
not know the teaching of God's Word on this. We really 
should be a spiritual multi-millionaire. Are you ? Do you 
feel like one? Why do you not have these spiritual riches? 
In Christ we possess the fulness of the Godhead, in the 



January 13, 1962 



I*age Nine 



AT WORK 



(Concerning the work of God the Holy Spirit in tlie 
Church and in the Christian.) 



Rev. Percy C. Miller 



Holy Spirit we possess the One who has been given to 
make that fulness ours, and we do not have it. 

I believe the second reason we do not have this fulness 
is unbelief. Sometimes we know what the Book says, but 
we do not believe it, so our knowledge does not do us 
any good. Infilling demands the confession of all known, 
unconfessed sin; not just some, but all. NOW, friends, 
"Ye are the temple of the Lord, and the temple of the 
Lord is holy." What, therefore, does it tell us to do ? 
"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us 
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spir- 
it, perfecting holiness in tlie fear of God" (II Cor. 7:1). 
Have we gone to the most inner part of our being and 
carried out all the filthiness ? IT MUST BE SO TO HAVE 
THE FULNESS OF THE SPIRIT. 

We have been born of the Spirit, we have been baptized 
in the Spirit, we are indwelt by the Spirit. These things 
are all glorious facts of salvation already accomplished, 
true of every one of us who has put his faith in Jesus 
Christ as Saviour. Do we believe these things ? Do we 
know with absolute assurance that it is true of us? Are 
we living every day in the light of these great, glorious 
facts of salvation? Are we letting that blessed Holy Spir- 
it do the work that He came to do wlien He came to 
indwell us? If not, will you let Him do it now? One of 
the things that the Holy Spirit has done in our salvation 
is to dwell within us. We are indwelt by the Holy Spir- 
it; the Holy Spirit indwells every reborn child of God. 
The moment we belong to Jesus Christ, that moment we 
have the wonderful Holy Spirit coming to make His home 
in us. Every Christian's body is the temple of the Holy 
Spirit. Has that truth become common to us ? 

Earlier in this dissei'tation we spoke of the Holy Spir- 
it reproducing within us tlie life of the Lord Jesus and 
reproducing through us the POWER of the Lord Jesus. 
Now, remember, friends, God will not give us power 
if we wish to use it for our own glory or our own honor 
in any way. Do we want this power just as a spiritual 
reservoir, just to save it all up for our own future need? 

Le!t us get this quite clear. This power is for one pur- 
pose and one purpose only — ^that we may be witnesses 
unto Christ as Saviour, Lord, and Life. We are to be 
witnesses first in Jerusalem, to those near, in our home, 
those to whom we are united by the tie of blood. Would 
you rather take the next boat overseas and witness to 
those people than witness to your family? It would be 
lots easier, would it not? Are there some in your family 
to whom you have never witnessed ? Some in your own 



community ? In your own circle of friends ? When we 
speak of this, some will say, "Oh, it would be very dif- 
ficult for me to witness in my social circle; they are all 
so worldly." That is just the reason you should. If they 
were all saints, tlien you would want to be going over- 
seas and witnessing there. It is because they are worldly 
that they need to have you witness to them of the Lord 
Jesus Christ; they are the very people who need to hear 
about Him, that they may be brought out of the world 
into Christ, into the Church, into the Spirit. Are you will- 
ing to witness in your own personal social circle? Unless 
we are willing to witness, do not let us ask God for power. 

"In Judea," in our own country, to those to whom we 
are united by the tie of citizenship. "In Samaria," our 
neighbors — that country that is just over the borderline, 
and we do not like the people at all. That is one thing 
we find as we travel in our studies through Europe. You 
would feel since people of various nationalities lived so 
near together, they would love each other, they would 
know each other so well because they are so near, but 
I find that is the reason they do not like each other. Can 
we witness to our neighbors and then go to the utter- 
most parts of the earth — to the people unseen, unknown, 
with no ties between them and us but just the tie of love 
for our Saviour? Are we ready to witness right at home 
or go to the farthest corners of the earth, wherever He 
sends us ? If we are ready for that, then we may receive 
that power. 

The day of Pentecost came, the 120 were baptized ''n 
the Spirit, the Body of Jesus Christ was formed and made 
one with Him, and every one of the 120, without excep- 
tion, was filled with the Holy Spirit and with power, and 
what did they do ? Immediately they began to witness 
in Jerusalem and unto the uttermost parts of the earth 
because the uttermost parts of the earth were right there 
in Jerusalem that day; so they fulfilled Acts 1:8 in min- 
iature that same day, and what was the result ? Three 
thousand were added unto the Church that day. How? 
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of 
power, and they began to witness of the crucified, risen 
Lord and three thousand were saved. 

Througli whom did God do that ? Ordinary men and wo- 
men. How did they do it? In the power of the Spirit — the 
same Holy Spirit who is in you. Then why cannot we 
see that repeated? Is the Holy Spirit any less powerful 
today than He was then ? Is He the same Holy Spirit ? 
Then cannot He do the same thing? And cannot He do 
it in other places as well as in Palestine ? On that day 



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of Pentecost God gave to us the pattern of what He 
wants done throughout all the centuries. The Church was 
composed of Spirit-filled men and women, endued with 
the power of the Holy Spirit and endued with the gifts 
of the Holy Spirit; they went forth as witnesses of Christ 
to win sinners out of the kingdom of Satan into the 
Kingdom of God. The Book of Acts reveals to us that 
it is God's plan for the present age. It shows us that the 
Church has a clearly defined, designated task; nothing 
is left to its self-determination. 

Christ is not working in this age for the reconstruction 
of the world, much as that is needed, but this is the task 
to which a large portion of the Claurch is giving itself 
today. The task of the Church is not to right the wrongs 
of the world, much as they need to be righted; neither 
is its work to make the world safer and more comfor- 
table in which to live so that men will be satisfied to live 
in sin and feel no need of God. The Church is working 
for just one thing in this age, that is Christ is wanting 
to work through the Church for just one purpose, and 
that is to complete His Body by calling men out of the 
world into the Church and to sanctify that Church that 
it may be ready for the return of the Lord when that 
Body is completed. And so the Book of Acts gives us a 



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picture of a divine-human partnership; Christ and the 
Church indwelt and infilled with the Holy Spirit. 

Is all our work of our churches carried on according 
to the pattern that is given in the Book of Acts ? Is not 
the weakness and powerlessness of the churches today 
due very largely to the fact that they have gone so far 
from the pattern given in the Book of Acts? Christ, the 
Head of the Church, is seen directing the work of the 
Church, choosing and calling out the workers. 

We in the churches today many times grieve the Holy 
Spirit by not permitting Him to really work in and through 
us. This really is quenching the Holy Spirit. It is resistance 
to His control, resistance to His domination and direct- 
ing of our lives. It is certainly the carnal Christian that 
quenches the Holy Spirit — resisting His will, resisting 
the Word, determined to have one's own way. Is that 
you ? The carnal Christian resists this wonderful Holy 
Spirit who dwells within. Do we not see the absolute neces- 
sity of the life being filled with the Holy Spirit, so that 
He is not liindered in having control over us, so that we 
can mind the things of the Spirit and walk with the 
Spirit, just step by step? That is all He asks us to take, 
one step at a time. Place yourself under His divine, su- 
preme control, and walk with Him a step at a time, step 
by step. Will You? 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 
JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 4 

MAKE READY 

THE THEME for 1962 Youth Week, January 28-Feb- 
ruary 4, is "Make Ready." Sub-themes for each 
day's programs are: 

Monday: To present the Word (Bible Knowledge) 

Tuesday: For a Life Career 

Wednesday: For Marriage 

Thursday: For Community Service 

Friday: For Personal Witnessing 

Saturday: For Lasting Friendships 

Sunday: For a Happy Life (accept Christ) 

Materials for promoting Youth Week are available 
from the National Sunday School Association, which spon- 
sors the week in connection with its Youth Commission. 
NSSA materials include bulletins, posters, and post cards, 
which feature special Youth Week art work. A Youth 
Week idea book is also available which gives inany help- 
ful ideas for planning this week. 

For these materials write to National Sunday School 
Association, 175 North Franklin, Chicago 6, Illinois. 
Prices are as follows: bulletins — 100 for $2.00; post cards 
—1 doz. for 30(, 100 for $2.00; posters— 10x14— Sc" each; 
and Youth Week Idea Book — 25^; each. 



LET'S GET EXCITED 

WE CANNOT hope to inspire our Sunday School to, 
grow, our church to seek the lost, or our pupils 
to witness for Christ with a half-hearted appeal on any 
given Sunday morning. 

The Bible declares again and again that Jesus was 
moved with "compassion." This is more than mercy. It 
is mercy that is moved to do something about the con- 
dition. It is more than vision. It is vision that is driven 
even to the cross, that men might be saved. It is more 
than accepting the "status quo", and blaming it on the 
"times in which we live." 

Spiritual compassion — Christian enthusiasm put John 
the Baptist in prison for speaking against sin and cruelty 
in the king's palace. Spiritual compassion is Paul wish- 
ing himself accursed for the sake of his kinsmen accord- 
ing to the flesh. It is Paul beaten, stoned, and left for 
dead. It is Jesus dying on a cross in our stead. "God so 
loved the world that He gave." 

Spiritual indifference is the sin of the hour. There ai-e 
souls to be saved, communities that need to be reached 
with the Gospel, and Sunday Schools that need to be 
started. These things will be accomplished when we as 
teachers and workers have real compassion. 

How can we have such compassion? Jesus said, "Look 
on the fields, for they are white already to harvest." When 
we really look, it will disturb us. If we really desire the 
kind of compassion Christ had, it can be ours. We need 
to pray earnestly for such a compassion. The Bible re- 
minds us frequently to "wait upon the Lord." To spend 
time in His presence is to catch His "compassion" — spir- 
itual enthusiasm. Then we need to ".act" in the light of 
our praying. Jesus spoke to individuals with the words, 
"Go and sin no more." To the Christian, He would say, 
"Forsake the sin of indifference; get off the seat of ease, 
and serve fervently." 

from the PROMOTER. 



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Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



THE VEIL 

"Once our blessed Christ of beauty- 
Was veiled off from human view; 
But thro' suff'ring, death and sorrow 
He has rent the veil in two." 

THE VEIL OF THE TABERNACLE is a type of the 
humanity of Christ (Heb. 10:19, 20). The Tabernacle 
was a sanctuary where God dwelt among His people 
(Exod. 25:22). Evei-y detail of the tabernacle was divinely 
ordered (Heb. 8:5), and speaks of Christ Who became 
flesh and "tabernacled" among us (Jn. 1:14). The general 
outline of the Tabernacle is described in Hebrews 9:2-5. 

The linen of the veil (Exod. 26:31) speaks of the 
righteousness of Christ (Rev. 19:8). The linen of the veil 
was spun by the women because Christ was made of a 
woman (Gal. 4:4). After the veil of the temple was torn 
in twain the centurion declared Christ to be righteous 
(Lu. 23:47), and also to be the Son of 'God (Matt 27:54). 
The fine linen was pure white, and there were three colors, 
blue, purple, and scarlet in the veil (Exod. 26:31). Blue 
speaks of Heaven, — thus the ribband of blue on the borders 
of the people's gai-ments spoke of daily walk with God 
(Num. 15:38). Purple is the color of royalty, — thus Pilate 
clothed Jesus in purple (Mk. 15:17). Scarlet is the color 
of blood sacrifice, — a thread which runs through all of 
the Bible (Josh. 2:18). White speaks of Christ's purity 
and holiness (1 Pet. 1:19; Heb. 9:14). 

On the veil was embroidered the image of the cheru- 
bim (Exod. 26:31). None could look upon the golden 
cherubim within the veil but could look upon the exact 
image of the cherubim embroidered on the veil (1 Sam. 
4:4; 2 Sam. 6:2). The cherubim on the veil speak of Christ 
as "the express image" of God's person (Heb. 1:3), the 
express image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). Jesus 
Christ is the full, final, complete manifestation of God 
(Jn. 14:9). The veil hung in the Tabernacle, dividing it 
into two rooms (Exod. 26:33). On the one side was the 
light of the golden candlestick, and on the other the 
shechinak glory of God, and so our Lord's deity was veiled 
by His humanity (Mk. 9:2, 3). The veil divided a sinless 
God from a sinful people (Lev. 16:2). It is only through 
the sinless humanity of our Lord as our Substitute and 
by the sprinkling of His blood that we can stand within 
the presence of God (Heb. 9: 12-14). 

"Not all the blood of beasts 

On Jewish altars slain. 
Could give the guilty conscience peace, 

Or wash away the stain. 
But Christ, the heavenly Lamb, 

Takes all our sins away; 
A sacrifice of nobler name 

And richer blood than they. 



My faith would lay her hand 

On that dear head of Thine, 
While like a penitent I stand. 

And there confess my sin. 

The veil in the Temple spoke of Christ's incarnation 
until it was rent at the exact time of His expiration on 
the cross to declare His death (Matt. 27:50, 51). Super- 
naturally the veil in the Temple was rent completely 
to speak of the finished work of redemption through Christ 
(Jn. 19:30; Heb. 10:14). The blood-sprinkled mercy seat, 
the throne of God (Lev. 16:2; Num. 7:89), closed to men 
for centuries was now opened wide (Lu. 23:44-56). The 
holiest in the Tabernacle was a type of the holiest in 
Heaven (Heb. 9:23, 24). 

"Lamb of God, thro' Thee we enter 

Inside the veil. 
Cleansed by Thee we boldly venture 

Inside the veil. 
Not a stain — a new creation. 
Ours is such a full salvation! 
Low we bow in adoration 

Inside the veil." 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 

LOVING SYMPATHY 

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor 
crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the 
former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4). 

A WOMAN WAS SITTING beside the still foi-m which 
for many years has housed the brave spirit of her 
mother. There was neither relative or friend present to 
sympathize with the daughter in her hour of sorrow and 
parting. There were no flowers to relieve the plainness of 
the little parlor in the funeral home where the body lay. 
From where she sat the daughter could see into a large 
parlor where another body was lying. In that parlor ev- 
ery available space seemed filled with flowers, while an 
almost incessant stream of visitors came and went. 

A stranger entered the barren little parlor, a woman 
with kind, understanding eyes. "Your mother?" she gently 
asked. "Yes", came the reply. Then with an arm around 
her fellow-mourner, she said a few comforting words, and 
then went across the hall into the lai-ger parlor. 

Then in a brief while something happened which the 
daughter could scarcely ' understand at first. Into the 
cheerless room were brought lovely plants and flowers. 
And into her loneliness came people iwith friendly smiles 
and words of sympathy and hope. God bless the indi- 
vidual who, in the midst of grief of their own :Can And 
loving sympathy to share with others who also need un- 
selfish, loving thoughtfulness shown them. 



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Topic for February 



THE CALL TO SERVICE TODAY: 

BY A CHURCH 

REVEREND ROBERT L. KEPLINGER 



"I'll go where you want me to go, 

dear Lord, 
Over mountain, or plain, or sea; 
I'll say what you want me to say, 

dear Lord, 
I'll be what you want me to be." 



HOW OFTEN have we as Church 
members sung this hymn and 
then continued on in the same old 
routine of life ? We cannot expect the 
youth of our churches to answer the 
call to service unless as a Church 
we present it to them in life and ac- 
tion. The Church is undoubtedly the 
greatest group influence on our young 
people today in determining their ac- 
ceptance or rejection of the call to 
Christ's service. The mistake in the 
past has been that we do not start 
early enough in our church program 
to present this call to youtli and 
parents. Ofttimes it is too late until 
we get around to challenging our peo- 
ple for full-time service. 

The Call To Service by a Church 
begins when the child is born. The 
consecration or dedication sei'vice for 
children is a fine opportunity to make 
this fact known to parents and con- 
gregation. As Hannah dedicated Sam- 
uel to the Lord, so we as Christian 
parents need to dedicate our children 
to the Lord. In our Sunday School we 
have a Cradle Roll Program entitled 
"Loan of a Life" which in the very 
title suggests this call to service by 
the Church. 



Then as the child grows, the Sun- 
day School, the teaching arm of the 
Church, exerts a tremendous influence 
on the life. Perhaps the most impor- 
tant influence is given by the teacher. 
So often our teachers say, "I'm just 
a Sunday School teacher." But that 
teacher has the opportunity to mold 
and shape* that life after the Lord's 
will. So often the teachers of smaller 
children think their job is not fruit- 
ful. But psychologists tell us that at 
least one-half of the character traits 
of a child are foi'med by the time he 
is three, and that three-fourths are 
developed by the time the child 
reaches seven. So that early training 
is very fruitful. It may mean the dif- 
ference of a child accepting or reject- 
ing the Lord when he reaches the age 
of accountability or it may be the 
difference of accepting or rejecting 
the call to service. As teachers in 
a Sunday School our examples are 
very important. That is why it is of 
utmost importance to have Christian 
teachers who are active in the entire 
program of the Church. How could 
a teacher otherwise present the call 
to service by the church! The song 
says, "What you are speaks so loud 
that they can't hear what you say." 
This is so true in our dealing v\'ith 
young people. Our examples make a 
lasting impression on them. May we 
present the call to sex-vice by our very 
lives? It was the obscure Sunday 
School teacher, Edward Kimball, who 
spoke to Dwight L. Moody and 
brought about the experience in 



Moody's life that changed the course 
of his life. 

The Call To Service by the Church 
can also be presented by the Church 
in various group meetings. The Broth- 
erhood, Sisterhood, and Youth Or- 
ganizations. Here the youth are given 
some training and some opportunity 
to take part in leading a group. They 
are asked to develop their abilities 
and to use them. It is ofttimes in this 
way that the Lord calls. A strong 
youth program is very essential in 
presenting the call to service by the 
Church. I remember in my own per- a 
sonal life the influence that the youth 'j 
group and youth participation had in 
my call. It was one Sunday morning 
when the Youth Choir had sung for 
the worship service that the Lord 
called me to present myself for full- 
time service. The Youth should be 
used in the services of the Church 
regularl.v for Bible reading, prayei's, 
and other special contributions. If we 
want our youth to grow up afraid to 
speak and pray in public, one sure 
way is not to use them in the public 
services of our church. I like to use 
the youth of our Church in the de- 
votional program. One boy in particu- 
lar was rather reluctant to participate. 
But after participation, he told me 
that he really enjoyed doing it and 
that each experience made it easier 
and was a greater blessing. It wasn't 
long until he was volunteering to take 
part. This boy is now making a de- 
cision concerning his life work and I 
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had in conducting tiie devotional pro- 
gram of tlie Cliurcli will play a part 
in his decision. 

Another way in which the call to 
service can be presented by the 
■Church is through personal encourage- 
ment. This does not mean the pastor 
alone should encourage, but that as 
a congregation we should encourage 
our youth and compliment them on 
their work. We talk so much about 
the juvenile delinquents that we for- 
get to have a word for those in our 
churches who are outstanding ex- 
amples of Christian living. Take time 
to "pat them on the back" and offer 
a word of encouragement for their 
efforts in whatever aspect of the 
church program they have had a part. 
How long has it been since you com- 
plimented a youth in your church ? 
How long has it* been since you told 
one that they possessed the qualities 
for tile making of a minister or mis- 
sionary? The call to service could 
come to some youth through your en- 
couragement. All that some of our 
youth need is a little encouragement. 
We must be honest and sincere in 
our encouragements, for after all, ev- 
ery youth is not fitted for this type 
of work. Perhaps the Deacon Board 
of the Church should take the leader- 
ship here in the encouragement of 
those they feel interested in the min- 
istry and mission field, whether young 
or old. 

Another area in which I feel our 
churches make a mistake in present- 
ing the call to service by the Church 
is in the personal respect and treat- 
ment they show to the pastor and 
family. There are some homes in 
which "Roast Preacher" is the meal 
on every Sunday noon. This certainly 
is not a healthy presentation of the 
call to service. I can z'ecall when a 
minister in my home church was 
treated rather disrespectfully by the 
congr-egation at a meeting. After the 
meeting, one of tlie women came to 
a group of the youth and said she was 
admiring the future of our Chur-clr — 
pointing to me as a minister, another 
a missionary, another as organist, 
choir director, etc. IMy thought was, 
"Well if this is the way the congre- 
gation treats the minister, Pm not 
sure you deserve to be served by one 
and not at all certain it is worth- 



while for me." Thank God, my attitude 
toward that woman, the Church, and 
the ministry clianged. 

Another area of support the Church 
can give in presenting the call to ser- 
vice today is in the matter of financial 
assistance. It is certainly a very costly 
venture to study for the ministry: four 
years of College, three years of Semi- 
nary, and perhaps some additional 
special training. It is possible to bor- 
row money for an education, but have 
you ever tried to pay it back on the 
salaj-y a Brethren minister is making? 
In each Chux'ch I feel there is need 
for a Scholarship Fund to be given 
to those who plan to enter the Breth- 
ren ministry or mission work. This 
should not be a "token gift" but an 
underwriting of a large share of the 
education. The situation will depend 
upon the individual and financial cir- 
cumstances. I am acquainted with 
several young men who have chosen 
other fields of work because they had 
no financial means of completing col- 
lege and then saw only a meager sal- 
ary awaiting tliem in the ministz-y. 
As pastors we do not enter the min- 
istry to become rich, but it does take 
a certain amount to maintain a family 
and the many demands made on a 
minister and his family. A man cannot 
do his best when the pressure of mate- 
rial things is fiercely upon him. The 
sooner tlie Brethren Church awakens 
to this fact the sooner she will be- 
gin to produce and i-e-produce the 
type of ministry which God would 
have us have in our Church. 

There is also another very impor- 
tant avenue in presenting the call to 
service by the Churcli which cannot 
be overloolved. It is simply this; Op- 
portunity. Sometimes we feel that the 
only place a call for full-time service 
can be presented is at the camp fire. 
It is an ideal place, but all do not 
have that experience or are not moved 
by that setting. Opportunity must be 
given in our Sunday School, our wor- 
ship services, and not just during a 
revival program, for young and old 
to answer the call to Christian ser- 
vice. There is no need to wear out 
the invitation, but when do we know 
for sure if there is one who has 
been moved to answer the call to 
God and does not because the Church 
does not give him opportunity. There 



lias been a good influx of older men 
entering the ministry, but largely be- 
cause they did not have the oppor- 
tunity or the Cliurch did not present 
the call to them earlier. Now is the 
time and at all age levels. 

In closing there are two other areas 
I want to mention in the Church pre- 
senting the call to service. These sub- 
jects are pre-enrollment in Seminary, 
and licensing and ordination. In view 
of the military unrest of tlie world, 
it is important for a youth planning 
to enter the Seminary to be pre-en- 
rolled. The Selective Service of the 
United States Government has made 
provision for ministerial students, pre- 
seminary as well as seminary, so that 
their formal training may proceed 
without interruption by call to mili- 
tary service. The special classification 
applies to such student upon properly 
sustained application. The steps for 
pre-enrollment in the Seminary by col- 
lege students have been clearly stated 
by the Dean of Ashland Theological 
Seminary, Delbert B. Flora. They are 
simple, but must be observed care- 
fully: 

1. The home congregation or church 
must extend a formal call for the 
student to enter the Gospel Ministry. 
Ordination is not implied at this point. 
This is only the call to service. 

2. The student will then make a 
formal application for pre-enrollment 
in the Seminary. This form is avail- 
able from the Dean. The application 
is accompanied (a) by a statement 
of the Call from his church, signed by 
the Pastor and other proper officials, 
and (b) copy of his academic ci-edits, 
if he is in another college than Ash- 
land College. 

3. Upon receipt of the application 
and the proper credentials, tlie Semi- 
nary will (a) issue a certificate of 
pre-enrollment to the student, (b) in- 
form tlie Local Draft Board of his 
pre-enrollment, and (c) make formal 
request that he be placed in Class IV- 
D. Nothing is done for the person 
automatically. The Church has a part 
in this program and must fulfill it. 

In licensing and ordination, the 
home cliurch again has a leading part. 
The person, young or old, must be 
called to the office by the congrega- 
tion of which they are a member. The 



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call is made by a vote of the mem- 
bers of the congregation at a congre- 
gational meeting. Following the of- 
ficial eall of his Church, the candi- 
date for the Licensure or Eldership 
must appear before the District Min- 
isterial Examining Board and be 
recommended back to his congrega- 
tion. The ordination is authorized by 



the congregation through its Elder 
and it is recommended that a District 
Evangelist be present and assist in 
the consecration and the home church 
assume the expenses. 

Great care should be exercised by a 
congregation in calling individuals to 
the Eldership. The first call to the 
ministry should be from the Lord and 



the candidate should make his con- 
viction of such call known to the con- 
gregation whereby the congregation 
will extend the official eall. But let us 
not forget that the Church plays a 
vital role in the call to sei-vice today 
— in fact, in each and every day of 
life through the opportunities, the 
challenges placed before her membei'S. 



Bible Study for February 
THE CATASTROPHE OF NOT EXPLORING" 

REVEREND PAUL D. TINKEL 



TN THINKING of this year's Bible 

Study theme, "Exploring the Depths 
of God's Blessings", I feel so inade- 
quate to even try and think of just 
a part of them. However, we must 
turn to God's Word, and find some 
of them. 

In exploring, we find in Matthew 
5:6 these words, "Blessed are they 
which do liunger and thirst after 
righteousness; for they shall be filled." 
What a wonderful promise to all who 
righteously "hunger and thirst after 
righteousness". What a wonderful 
phrase to find in word after explor- 
ing. But We must not stop in just 
finding such wonderful words! 

I am made to think of a great man 
who invented part of the vacuum tube 
used in radio, television, radar, and 
many other inventions so useful and 
needed in this great age of power and 
space. The late Dr. Lee Deforest, even 
though not inventing the first vacuum 
tube, explored the very small world 
inside the first tube which was almost 
useless, and invented the triode vacu- 
um tube which revolutionized the field 
of radio and telephone communications 
along with the many other aspects of 
the wireless. 

Just finding this first vacuum tube, 
looking at it and thinking what a 
wonderful invention it was, was not 
enough! There had to be exploi-ing in- 
to the "depths" of this or today you 



and I would not have many of the 
things we enjoy just in this field, as 
there are many other fields of inven- 
tion. 

We cannot be "filled" unless we ex- 
plore the "Beginnings and Middles"! 
Let us do so now with Matthew 5:6. 

IN THE BEGINNING— 

This verse begins with God's gift, 
a promise, "Blessed". It has been said 
if a man is happy or blessed, there is 
no more need be done for him; that 
he has attained the highest. I like to 
think that this is what Jesus meant 
when He said, "Blessed are they..." 
Odier things, such as wealth, power, 
knowledge, we seek as a means to 
some end beyond themselves; happi- 
ness we seek for its own sake, and 
not as a means to something beyond 
itself! 

Today, we as Americans as well as 
people of other nations are seeking 
other things such as wealth, power, 
knowledge, etc. It seems to some 
(many) Brethren and others that it 
is blessed to have a large bank roll, 
the best farm, the newest home, the 
newest automobile, the best clothes, 
and many other things too numerous 
to mention. Seldom do we find peo- 
ple in our churches who feel it blessed 
to bi-ing a lost soul to Christ. Seldom 
do we find people who feel it blessed 
by giving to our church, the mission 



work, etc. Seldom do we find people 
who feel it blessed by giving our lives 
to our church work. "It is more 
Blessed to sit back, let others, espe- 
cially the pastor — he's paid to do it — 
do the work of the Lord, and then we 
can enjoy the blessings." Is this our 
motto, Brethren ? 

Today, our Mission Board is un- 
able to enlai-ge both at home and 
foreign, because we are not willing to 
give until it hurts! The need for more 
room, better facilities in our churches 
is greatly hampered, because we are 
not willing. Need we say more, only, 
the whole work of Christ is hampered 
because we are not willing to accept 
the "blessed" by hungering and thirst- 
ing after righteousness. 

Did you ever go without water until 
you could almost feel sand in your 
mouth ? Or have you gone without 
food until you were sick from hunger 
pains ? Actually living in the great 
United States, we as her citizens can- 
not imagine what these things are 
unless it would be some of our men 
who went through World War II and 
experienced some of the same. Ask 
some of them, and ask them to tell 
you just how it feels. I doubt if they 
even want to think about it, let aloneJ 
talk about it, but may I say, the dayj 
is coming when even some of us good 
Brethren, so WE think, may be like 
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so thirsty that he begged that poor 
old beggar man who was inflicted 
with disease, the one that he gave 
only the crumbs from off his table, 
to just dip his finger into water and 
touch his tongue. 

Listen, my friends, if this rich man 
would have hungered and thirsted 
after RIGHTEOUSNESS, he would 
not have even had a want or desire 
in his eternal resting place. But Abra- 
ham said, "Son," as he spoke to the 
rich man, "remember that thou in thy 
lifetime receivedst -thy good things, 
and likewise Lazarus evil things: but 
now he is comforted, and thou art 
toi-mented" (Luke 16:25). Again Je- 
sus tells us in the thirteenth chap- 
ter of St. Luke and the thirty-fifth 
verse, "Blessed is he that cometh in 
the name of the Lord." 

Brethren, may I probe into your 
thoughts right now and ask you how 
we can expect to be comforted in life 
here-after, if all we seek today is 
the pleasures and the things that 
make life so nice and comfortable ? 
Do we take time out every day to 
read God's Word, and pray, and I 
don't mean a little prayer of just 
"Thank you, Lord, for everything, and 
help me be good today"? I mean to 
pour out our hearts, evei-ything that's 
in our minds, and if it is something 
that We wouldn't want God to hear, 
we'd just better start doing some beg- 
ging down here for God's mercy or 
we may be begging with the rich 
man for ALL eternity! You may dis- 
agree, my friend, as well as some 
so-called "iVEodern Theology" today, 
but we cannot deny tlie words of 
Jesus when He says, "Strive to enter 
iii at the strait gate: for MANY, I 
say unto YOU, WILL SEEK TO EN- 
TER IN, AND SHALL NOT BE 
ABLE!" 

Yes, I believe this would be worse 
than a "catastrophe" if we fail to 
"Explore the Depths of God's Bless- 
ings". 
IN THE MIDDLES— 

About every one of us reading this 
article are in our "middles"! We have 
had our beginning, and are now on 
the road of preparing ourselves to 
reach that wonderful goal of "PER- 
FECTION". We just hope that God 
in all of His great mercy of love will 



not call us until we have had our 
so-called good time, or have proceeded 
to do in life just what "I" want to 
do, or get in life just what "I" want 
to get no matter how, but just so 
"I" have it! I guess it's called "SE- 
CURITY" to the world or to some 
of us people. Surely, I know just now 
what some of you are thinldng, "There 
ouglit to be some more people think- 
ing about some security"! True, we 
need to have material security in this 
life, but as a minister of the Gospel, 
I feel God has called us while in our 
"middles" to really be thinking, most 
of all working for a security that is 
"EVERLASTING". We must have 
this kind of security, and to have this, 
we must do as the Apostle Paul said 
to the Galatians, "I am crucified with 
Christ: nevertlieless I live; yet not 
I, but Christ liveth in me: and the 
life which I now live in the flesh 
I live by the faith of the Son of God, 
who loved me, and gave himself for 
me" (Galatians 2:20). 

Surely Paul was also speaking to 
us as well as the 'Galatian people 
when he said, "0 foolish Galatians 
(Americans), who hath bewitched you, 
that ye should not obey tlie truth, 
before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath 
been evidently set forth, crucified 
among you?" 

Bretliren, God has only given us 
one life to make our real decision 
for Him, but He has given us many 
chances to make our decision. Many 
have not heard the Word even once, 
when we have heard, read, in so many 
ways have had the chance over and 
over again, and still it seems to be 
"I"! If we are to "Explore tlie Depths 
of God's Blessings", we must know 
just what we must go through in 



order to get to the depths. The Depths 
of God's Blessings are not, and will 
not be found in a group of "barren 
church members!" We must be 
"pruned" as the Gospel of St. John 
records Jesus' words in the fifteenth 
chapter. Friends, this will hurt, and 
oh how we would like to denounce 
God for the things that happen to us, 
but you know, for some reason we 
know better! Yes, the seed of the 
"Fear of God" has been planted in 
our minds, and now to just cultivate 
it into proper growth. If Jesus is the 
true vine, and His Father is the hus- 
bandman, and we are the branches, 
we must bear GOOD fruit to be a 
part thereof. "Every branch in me 
that beareth not fruit he taketh 
away; and every branch that beareth 
fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring 
forth more fruit" (John 15:2). Oh 
that we could say, "Our church surely 
is bearing good fruit for tlie Master". 
Can you think of anything better? 

We have had our beginning, and 
now in our middles. We all have the 
key to a very successful and fruitful 
life. We cannot say anything as to 
the future, as it will depend upon 
our life from here on out. Continue 
to explore God's great blessings! Ex- 
plore by doing, and help others to 
begin doing. This is the will of God 
that we do His great will. 

Jesus says, "But the Comforter, 
which is the Holy Ghost, whom the 
Father will send in my name, he shall 
teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatso- 
ever I have said unto you. Peace I 
leave with you, my peace I give unto 
you: not as the world giveth, give 
I unto you. Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid." 
Amen. 



What the New Year has 

me 
I cannot tell, but I 'am sui" 
God's hand holds 'tihe key to del 

What doors it will unlock I do not 
know; 




eyond remains a mystery, 
keep my courage high and 
'teadfast, 
greet each newborn day with 
smiling face. 
Believing that my future rests secure. 
In His great love, abiding grace. 



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SARASOTA FIRST BRETHREN CALLS 

YOUNG MAN TO THE MINISTRY 



ON SUNDAY, November 12, the 
First Brethren Church of Sara- 
sota, Florida, had, by the unanimous 
vote of the congregation, the great 
joy of issuing a call and setting aside 
for the ministry, one of its sterling 
young men, Gary Weller. Gary has 
already -made a fine contribution to the 
work of our young people as president 
of the Brethren Youth Crusaders, and 
has made evident his qualities for 
leadership and spiritual growth. He 
is already attending Manatee Junior 
College in our neighboring county, 
having enrolled in courses looking to 
pre-seminary work. Our Ashland Sem- 
inary had outlined these courses. He 
is planning on entering Ashland Col- 
lege in the fall of 1962, enrolling as 
a pre-seminary student. So, Sarasota 
joins the ranks of those whose intei'- 
est in the preaching of the Gospel 
has paid off in such consecration as 
is here manifested. We were pleased 
to have Rev. C. A. Stewart with us 
for this service. 

From experience, we have learned 
that the spiritual status of a church 
can be judged by the interest which 
is shown in the study of the Bible 
and in prayer, and thus the conse- 
quent attendance at the mid-week 
prayer and Bible study sessions. In 
our mid-week services the average at- 
tendance is well above the 50 mark 
and in the past three weeks has nearly 
reached the 60 mark. This is nearly 



50% of the membership. We are truly 
thankful for the high tide of interest 
and the spiritual trend which is thus 
manifest. We have been studying 
"Revelation" under the able teaching 
of our pastor. Rev. J. D. Hamel, from 
charts compiled by Brother Hamel 
and the undersigned, parts of which 
can be seen in the accompanying pic- 
ture. In these times it is well to be 
able to "rightly divide the Word of 
Truth," so we may be able to "quench 
all the fiery darts of the evil one." 

With the return of our winter resi- 
dents our attendance is beginning to 
tax our seating capacity and plans 
are already afoot for holding two 
morning services with the Sunday 
School meeting between them. Many 
churches in Florida find this neces- 
sary. Our November attendance shows 
better than a 30% increase over No- 
vember 1960, the average attendance 
for the first three Sundays in 1960 
being 174, while in 1961 it has arisen 
to 234. Sunday, November 19, the at- 
tendance was 246. Our greatest joy 
is the number of local people who 
are finding their way into our ser- 
vices, and ultimately into our mem- 
bership through confession and bap- 
tism by triune immersion, 34 having 
been baptized during the past five- 
month period. The Brethren Church, 
practically unknown in this Florida 
community, has become more than 
well-known at the present time. We 



Pictured (l.-r.): Rev. J. D. Hamel, 
pastor; Rev. C. A. Stewart, a visiting 
minister; Gary Weller, who was called 
to the ministry; Rev. Fred C. Vanator, 
one of the founding pastors of the 
Sarasota Church; George Giltner, 
Moderator of the Sarasota Church. 
Photo by Mr. Leon Moore, who, to- 
gether with his wife, were baptized 
and received into the Sarasota Church 
on Sunday, November 19th. 



praise the Lord for this, which has 
come about through the faithful wit- 
ness of our members and friends and 
the constant and untiring work of our 
pastor, Rev. Hamel. 

This leads us to the problem of 
the necessity of expanding all of our 
facilities. Not too long ago the con- 
gregation purchased the little house 
and lot that had taken a corner out 
of our land. This purchase was deemed 
necessary and ver.v essential because 
of the fact that undesirable people 
might purchase same, as it was up 
for sale and not too desirable as a 
home for any high class residents. We 
have renovated it somewhat and are 
now using it as a Sunday school 
classroom for our Home Builders 
Class, (young married people) which 
class is taught by Rev. Hamel. It is 
also used for other gatherings of 
smaller groups. Our "Million Penny 
Campaign" has reached our first pla- 
teau and we now have 103,000 "pen- 
nies" deposited in the bank as a be- 
ginning toward our Educational Unit. 
The "clink" of pennies can be heard 
as these Little INSIGNIFICANT 
coins are dropped into a container 
each Sunday as people enter the 
church narthex. Well can we sing, 
"Hear the pennies dropping." A Build- 
ing Committee is ah-eady at work, 
looking toward our first Educational 
Unit. 

Will you pray with us for the con- 
tinued impact of the Gospel on the 
hearts and lives of our community 
and our city, as it is taught and lived 
in our membership? 

Fred C. Vanator, Correspondent. 



January 13, 1962 



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Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for January 21, 1962 

GOD IS SPIRIT 

Text: Exodus 20:4-6; John 4:7-10, 19-24 

EXODUS 20:4-6: That God is Spirit is a fundamental 
teaching of the Bible. That He is very exceeding 
high and holy is suggested by this commandment of God. 
Such is God that it is an insult to His name to be rep- 
resented by anything of a material nature. Lawful wor- 
ship of God does not permit the use of any image. In 
Deut. 4:15 Moses gives as a reason forbidding images 
representing Jehovah, "for ye saw no form in the day 
when Jehovah spoke to you at Horeb" (Keil & Delitzsch). 

Those people today who make use of images repre- 
senting God or saints or other deities are hard put to 
explain this command of God. 

The Roman Catholic Church leaves out this command 
of God from the rest of the Ten Commandments. En- 
lightened heathen realize the problem but pass it off by 
saying that images are only to help the worshipper in 
coming nearer to God. 

Why is God so set against the use of images for pur- 
poses of worship ? "An image degrades God and damages 
men. By it, religion reverses its nature and becomes 
another clog to keep the soul among the things seen, and 
an ally of all fleshly inclinations." (Ale.xander Maclaren). 
God will not permit any rival for His glory or for our 
affections (Isaiah 42:8). 

The sin involved in idol worship endangers the souls of 
future generations. This verse does not teach that the 
children will be punished for their father's sins. It teaches 
that those who follow in the way of their fathers, "Them 
that hate me", will receive the same recompense as their 
fathers. 

Where is God to be worshipped ? God is an infinite 
Spirit. In His conversation with the Samaritan, Jesus 
reveals that God will not restrict worship to a certain 
temple in a certain place. 

The shadows of the Old Testament are to give way 
to the reality of the New Testament. There is a change 
in priesthood (Heb. chapters 3, 5, 7, 8) with Christ as 
High Priest and the saints as priests with the Temple 
of God consisting of the brotherhood of believers in Christ. 
The Church is to be found everywhere for everyone to 
worship. 

How is God to be worshipped (John 4:23, 24)? God 
must be worshipped by the heart and soul of man. God 
is spirit and communes with men only through their spir- 
it. The issues of life spring from the spiritual nature 
of man (Prov. 4:23) and the soul is God's main concern 
(Ps. 34:18, Ps. 51:17). This is in contrast to mere for- 
mality, ceremony and even informality. One can go through 
any service of worship and still miss the experience of 
communing with God. 



The worship of God must be in truth. Again the shadow 
of the Old Testament gives way to the reality of the 
New Testament. Worship comes through access to God, 
not with the former priesthood and sacrifices ordained of 
God but now through the sacrifice and priesthood of Jesus 
Christ which fulfills the fomier. Worsliip must be in con- 
formity with the truth as God revealed it. 

God is Spirit. As Spirit God does have substance but 
not of the material nature with which we are acquainted. 
The Bible reveals to us that God thinks, has emotions of 
love and anger, and tliat He works. Having these and 
other attributes we know that God is not some noble idea 
or concept or vaguely-described power but a person. 

It seems that so much emphasis in our time is being 
placed upon the material things of the world and the 
material part of man. With such distraction, people reach 
outside themselves and the sinful nature makes havoc 
of life. How wonderful that Christians have paused to 
look within and in quietness search and find God. Oh the 
joy of knowing the One who can do all things. 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 



LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY 

The Barnetts are the proud parents of a new baby 
boy, Jonathan Lee, born on November 24, at the Home- 
place Hospital, about 18 miles from Lost Creek. Both 
mother and son are doing well. The Homeplace Hospital 
is staffed by Christian doctors and nurses and has a fine 
Christian atmosphere. The staff conducts r-egular daily 
devotions for the patients and also conducts weekly Sun- 
day Schools, worship sen'ices and an active community 
youth program. Jonathan Lee weighed in at 7 lbs. and 
15 oz. and is a rather long lad. This makes a family of 
five, two girls and three boys, for the Barnetts. The Lord 
has been good to us. 

I have been blessed by being able to hold five revival 
services in various Brethren Churches since October of 
1961. They have been in Canton, Ohio, Peru and Tee- 
garden, Indiana, Mulvane, Kansas, and New Lebanon, 
Ohio. It was our privilege to witness over 50 decisions 
in these efforts. We know that God will bless His preached 
Word to ALL who hear it. 

Christmas is about here and the churches and school 
are busy preparing programs. Programs will be given by 
the Rowdy, Haddix and Lost Creek churches. Everyone 
present receives a gift at that time. These gifts are do- 
nated by various individuals, organizations and churches 
of the Brethren Church. The Lost Creek Brethren Church 
presented a benefit chicken supper and Christmas pro- 
gram in the new Riverside Gym on December 9. Proceeds 
will go toward the construction of the Di-ushal Memorial 
Brethren Church here. Another Christmas program will 
be presented on Christmas day in the Church room. 

About 105 are enrolled in grades 1-12 now. About 40 
students board in our dorms. There are 16 members on 



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our staff. The total number of people who live on the 
campus, including the staff, their children and the board- 
ing students, number about 70. The new gym is a great 
blessing. The new water system, athletic field, kitchen 
equipment and shop equipment donated by the Vinco 
Brethren Sunday School has given new life to the place. 
Words cannot express our humble and great apprecia- 
tion to these Brethren for their great aid. 

The painting of the school rooms, new chalkboards, 
farming equipment, including a tractor, from Rev. Her- 
bert Gilmer and the Roann Brethren have enabled us 
to do more on the farm, and keep the place looking in 
good shape. Everett Gillis and the County Line Brethren 
brought a school bus and repaired it earlier in the year. 
The young married people's class of Peru, Indiana, just 
brought us down another bus which they bought. Many 



The Brethren Evangelist 

individuals, organizations, and churches in the brother- 
hood have sent much food, used clothing and money for 
the continuing support of the work here. They are too 
numerous to mention here. The Goshen, Indiana, Church 
gave an especially generous offering for the purpose of 
providing meat in the menu of our school. There have 
been many donations of books and desks for the school 
classes and library. 

May the Lord bless and reward everyone for his part 
in and support of the work here. We praise God for His 
faithfulness. We can see His hand working among our 
youth. This is our reward. We invite all the Brethren 
to pray for us and to visit YOUR work here and see its 
potential and your responsibility as we labor together for 
God. 

Harold E. Barnett. 



APRS 

15 9 4 



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CHAPLAIN EUGENE J. BEEKLEY 

CONDUCTS BROADCAST IN TURKEY 

THE FIRST religious broadcast of its kind in Turkey was recently started 
at Incirlik Air Force Base, Adana, Turkey, by Chaplain (Captain) Eu- 
gene J. Beekley. Chaplain Beekley conducts the weekly program over station 
AFRS, Incirlik. Predominantly of Protestant format, the program includes 
world wide news of all faiths (taken primarily fi-om the pages of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist). The news is followed by a few moments of spiritual discus- 
sion and thoughts based on the Bible. 

An Air Force Chaplain since 1953, Beekley has also preached by way of 
the radio medium to various areas in Korea and at lonely BMEWS (Ballistic 
Missile Warning Site) stations in northern Greenland. 

Chaplain Beekley has held Brethren pastorates in Brush Valley, Penna.; 
Glenford, West Alexandria and Canton, Ohio; and Warsaw, Indiana. He has 
also held the positions of Secretary and Moderator in the General Conference. 

Mrs. Beekley is a member of the teaching staff at the Air Base Dependent 
School and is serving as organist at the Base Chapel. The Beekley family, 
including sons Charles and Philip, are members of the First Brethren Church, 
Sarasota, Florida. 



NEWS 

from the BRETHREN 

Cameron, W. Va. Cameron Breth- 
ren hosted the Joint New Year's Eve 
Watch Service on December 31st. 

Louisville, Ohio. Recent public ser- 
vices included the combined Sistei-- 
liood presentaition on December lObh 
and the W. M. S. on December 17th. 

Dayton, Ohio. Three new members 
uere I'eceived by baptism recently. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Two new mem- 
bers were received into the church by 

liaptism. 



Memorials 



WILSON. Joseph D. Wilson, born 
May 28, 1867, died Oct. 9, 1961. Was 
a member of, and senior deacon in, 
the First Brethren Church, Sergeants- 
ville, N. J. Survived by one son, Em- 
mert, one granddaughter, and itwo 
grandsons. Services by Rev. Clarence 
R. Kelley. Interment, Rosemont Cem- 
etery, Rosemont, N. J. 

NOLTE. Phillip R. Nolts, died Oct. 
28, 1961 of a heart attack at the age 
of 38. Was a. former student and 
teacher at Ashland College, and was 
a member of the First Brethren 
Church, Sergeantsville, N. J. Was the 
sponsor and founder of the Levittown, 
Pa., Brethren Church. Survived by his 
wife, Rita, one son, and by his moth- • 
er. Services in Levittown with Rev. 1 
Edwin Boardman of Ashland, Oliio, 
officiating. Interment, Veteran's Na- 
tional Cemetery, Beverly, N. J. 
Mrs. Lawrence Emmons, Sec'y., 
Sergeantsville Chiu'Oh. 



January 13, 1962 



I'age Nineteen 



World Religious News 

in Review 



NIGERIAN ENCOURAGES 
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON 
FIRST ANNIVERSARY 

JOS, Nigeria (EP) — In an address 
here on the first anniversary of Ni- 
gerian independence, Alhaji Sir 
Ahmadu Bello, premier of Nigeria's 
Northern Region, said "Everyone 
must be free to perform his religious 
obligations without any liindrance ..." 
and that "religious tolerance must re- 
main one of the l<ey-notes of policy." 

Two-thirds of the 18,000,000 people 
in the Northern Region are followers 
of Mohammed, slightly more than 
500,000 are professing Christians, and 
the re&t are pagans or animists. The 
premier himself is the religious leader 
of the IMuslims. (His title, "Alhaji," 
indicates he has made a pilgrimage 
to Mecca.) 

SEES CHRISTIANITY LOSING 
INFLUENCE IN EUROPE 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (EP)— Dr. 
Chester A. Pennington, pastor of the 
Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, 
says Christianity in Europe "has had 
it." 

Just returned from a visit there, 
Dr. Pennington says that organized 
Christianity "has pretty well lost its 
influence" both in Britain and on the 
continent. 

English Methodist leaders told him, 
he said, that "our nation is a pagan 
nation." 

Opinions differ on when the decline 
began, but many say it started during 
World War I which decimated a whole 
generation and which shattered Chris- 
tian optimism and belief that pi-og- 
ress was inevitable. Europeans, Dr. 
Pennington reported, "fully expect the 
same decline to hit the United 
States." 

FINS ORDAIN FIRST PRIEST 

HELSINKI (EP)— The first ordina- 
tion of a Roman Catholic priest in 
Finland since the Reformation will 
take place in Helsinki this month. M. 



Voutilainen, who is completing his 
studies at a seminary in France, will 
be ordained for the Dominican Order, 
which has been in Finland since 1946. 

JEWS JAM MOSCOW 
SYNAGOGUE 

MOSCOW (EP)— Rosh Hashana 
services in the Communist world capi- 
tal saw more than a thousand Rus- 
sian Orthodox Jews crowd Central 
Synagogue and hundreds more stand 
outside the building. 

(There are more than 500,000 Jews 
in Moscow and only three synagogues 
to serve them. Two of the synagogues 
are small, wooden buildings on the 
outskirts of the city. All religions are 
discouraged by the atheist Soviet gov- 
ernment, tut the Jews have always 
been special targets for discrimination 
in Russia.) 

COLLEGE COURSE TEACHES 
N. T. ON TV 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— "An 
Introduction to the New Testament" — 
a new college ci-edit course in religion 
— will be presented this year over tele- 
vision by American University in co- 
operation with the National Capital 
Area Council of Churches. 

It will mark the fourth consecutive 
year that Dr. Edward W. Bauman, 
associate professor of philosophy and 
religion at Wesley Theological Semi- 
nary, has taught a class thi-ough tele- 
vision. 

The courses have proved sensation- 
ally successful, with an audience sur- 
vey showing that 80 per cent of the 
television sets monitored on a Satur- 
day morning last year in the Wash- 
ington area were tuned to Dr. Bau- 
man's class. 

PROTESTANT CENSUS 
NOSEDIVES IN FORMER 
GERMAN TERRITORIES 

BERLIN (EP)— ■German Protest- 
ants in former East German -areas 
now under Polish administration have 



decreased from a pre-war 3,000,000 
to about 50,000, or less than one-half 
per cent of the total population there. 
Evangelical sources say most of the 
Germans in these predominantly 
Protestant areas were expelled after 
World War II -and more than 300,000 
people were repatriated by the Polish 
government to West Germany from 
1955-59. 



BUDDHISTS PETITION 
KENNEDY, KHRUSHCHEV TO 
PREVENT WAR 

KATMANDU, Nepal (EP)— The 
World Fellowship of Buddhists, in a 
statement issued here, appealed to 
President Kennedy and Soviet Pre- 
mier Khrushchev to "do everything 
possible to save humanity from the 
threat of nuclear war." 

The appeal stressed that the Amer- 
ican and Russian leaders are "at pres- 
ent the two men in the world able to 
prevent war." 

CATHOLIC YOUTH AWARD 
TO ROBERT KENNEDY 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— The 
National Council of Catholic Youth 
presented its highest award to At- 
torney General Robert F. Kennedy at 
the Catholic Youth Convention in Buf- 
falo on November 11. 

More than 7,500 young Catholics 
attended the convention banquet in 
the Buffalo Armory at which Mr. Ken- 
nedy received the "Pro Deo et Juven- 
tute" gold medal. 

Father John J. Conniff, acting di- 
rector of the Youth Department, Na- 
tional Catliolic Welfare Conference, 
said Mr. Kennedy was selected for 
the honor because of "his sincere in- 
terest in youth, his exemplary Cath- 
olic and family life, and his outstand- 
ing record of public service." 



Weddings 

GODFREY-RITCHIE. Arbutus G. 
Ritcliie of McGaheysville, Va., became 
the bride of SFC Edward B. Godfrey, 
Jr., of Fort Eustis, Va., on November 
llth in a double ring cei-em-ony in 
the presence of the immediate fami- 
lies and a few close friends, at the 
home of ithe bride's pastor. 

John F. Locke, Pastor. 



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BROTHERHOOD PROGRAM FOR JANUARY 



Brad Weidenhamer 



ONE PSALM which almost everyone learns at some 
time in his life is the 1st Psalm. I should like to build 
our Brotherhood program for January around this Psalm. 
We might call this program, "Consecration to God." 

I. The Blessed Man— Ps. 1:1-3 

A. His conduct. 

1. The writer is telling us that the Godly man 
does not find close companionship with people 
who are ungodly. 

2. Look up I Corinthians 15:33 and see whether 
it applies to this Psalm. 

B. His actions. 

1. First of all, the Godly man finds pleasure in 
obeying God's laws. 

2. Also, he wants to study and meditate upon 
God's word all the time. 

3. We should seek the wisdom from above and 
avoid the counsel of the ungodly. 

C. His character. 

1. A tree has permanence, purpose, and pros- 
perity, if it is planted well and is able to 
draw from the ground what it needs in order 
to grow and produce. 

2. In the same way, a Godly man has perma- 
nence, purpose, and prosperity. 

3. He is fruitful like the tree, and he doesn't lose 
his vitality and desire to serve God. 

4. Prosperity doesn't necessarily mean material 
prosperity but means spiritual prosperity. 

II. The Ungodly Man— Ps. 1:4-6 

A. His conduct. 

1. An ungodly man has declared his independence 
from God and pursues his life in the ways of 
sin. 

2. He may live a morally good life, but he is 
still ungodly if he doesn't accept Christ and 
allow God to rule his life. 

3. He would do those things in verse 1 which 
the Godly man wouldn't do, and he wouldn't 
do those things in verse 2 which the Godly 
man would do. 

4. Chaff is the hull of wheat; it is worthless 
and can only be burned, this illustration shows 
that the wicked are also worthless. 

B. His charactei-. 

1. When the judgment comes, they won't be able 
to stand with the Godly. 

2. They will be separated and will get the re- 
ward which they deserve because of their 
wicked acts. 



C. A contrast. 

1. Paul, in his letter to Ephesus, describes right- 
eousness as one of the attributes which pro- 
vide a defense against Satan (Eph. 6:14). 

2. The Psalmist makes it quite clear as to what 
the outcome of the righteous and the ungodly 
will be. 

3. Christ has cautioned us against building up, 
for ourselves treasures on earth because they; 
won't do us any good if we neglect to recognize 
God who gives us material blessings. 

The Consecrated Man — Rom. 12:1 and 2 

A. The appeal. 

1. First, we should be Christians and should be 
totally committed to Christ. 

2. Second, we should realize God's mercy in sav-[ 
ing us and should be prepared to serve Him! 
in any way. 

3. This is a reasonable thing for us to do wher 
we realize how much God has done for us. 

B. The practicality. 

1. The godly and consecrated man does not let, 
himself be led around by the world; he main-i 
tains an independence from the actions of tlioscj 
around him if he knows that they are againsil 
God's will. 

2. If we have true faith in God, our minds wil 1 
change us from the world's fashion to thd 
model which is God's will. ; 

3. No matter how young we are, we should stil 
be seeking to know what God wants us tc 
do, not just about immediate concerns, hu , 
also about concerns in the future. 

4. If we want to stand in the judgment, we shoulc 
give all to God in this life. 

C. The fruits. 

1. The fruits of consecration will be love, rdoc 
deeds, and other related characteristics ol' ; 
Godly man. 



NEWS BITS 

[capsule form) 



Dec. 8 the laymen of DAYTON BRETHREN CHURCH j 
OHIO sponsoi-ed a fish fry. They insist it was the bes i 
and the proceeds were to be used in the project fund 
(It would be a treat for ye ed to watch Rev. Percy "catch 
ing" a few. We served together for a number of ,\<ai' 



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on the Deacon's Board at Third Brethren, Johnstown, 
Pa. before he answered the higher calling.) 

The laymen of our ELKHART, INDIANA Brethren 
Church were recently engaged in the project of raising 



money and purchasing 80 additional metal chairs for tlieir 
lower auditorium. Brother Elmer Schult was in charge. 

"When things go wrong, be obstinate. Refuse to go with 
them." Printmaster. 



GREAT MEN OF THE BIBLE: 



ISAAC 

by LAURENCE L RULON 



Brother LAURENCE RULON, author of the "Great 
IMen of The Bible" sketch for this month, is a member 
of The First Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa. A regu- 
lar attendant at the General Conference, he served as one 
of the tellers of the late gathering and is now serving 
his Central District Conference as treasurer, and secre- 
tary-treasurer of the Laymen. 

TSAAC was the long-promised son of Abraham and Saraii. 

He was bom when Abraham was 100 years old and 
Sarah 91 years of age. He was called Isaac — "laughter" 
— by Divine command because Sarah had laughed at the 
thought of a child being born unto her at her age. 

Sarah became jealous at the sight of Isiimael, the son 
of Hagar who was Abraham's concubine, playing with 
Isaac, so she had Abraham drive Hagar and her son out 
of Abraham's tent. It would appear that Isaac's boy- 
hood was around the town of Beersheba. 

Nothing more is heard of him until the sacrifice in 
the Mount of IMoriah, when Abraham was called of God 
to offer his only son for a burnt offering. This was a great 
love and faith between Father and Son. As they went 
both of them together, to the appointed place, Isaac was 
bearing the wood for the burnt offering. The preparation 
for the offei'ing brought out the feeling between the fa- 
ther and son. You all know the story how^ Isaac's life was 
spared and God provided a i-am in place of Isaac. 

Isaac, type of Christ, obedient unto death. Abraham, 
type of the Father, who spared not his own Son, but de- 
livered Him up for us all. The Ram — type of substitution 
— Christ offered as a burnt offering in our stead, Romans 
8:32, "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered 
Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely 
give us all things?" 

Nothing is heard of Isaac until his mother's death. He 
is not mentioned in connection with the burial of his 
mother. Abraham is not stated to have consulted Isaac 
when he sent his servant to take a vsdfe for him out of 
Abraham's country and kindred in IVIesopotamia. Rebekah 
was chosen as Isaac's wife. The record of the remainder 
of Isaac's life is very meager. Twin boys were bom to 
Isaac and Rebekah. Their names were Jacob and Esau. 
In the 26th Chapter of Genesis we are told that because 
of a famine in the land, Isaac journeyed to Gerar, but 
was warned of God not to go down into Egypt. Isaac 
was guilty of being a coward and trying to deceive the 
king in the land of the Philistines. He told them that Re- 
bekah was his sister in order to save his ovra life. But 
the king saw Isaac "sporting" Rebekah, from his window, 
and called Isaac and told him that he knew Rebekah 
was Isaac's wife. The King warned the Philistines to leave 
both of them alone during Isaac's stay in Gerar. iHe be- 



came rich as a wheat grower and herdsman. The Philistines 
became envious of him, so they started to persecute Isaac 
by stopping up the wells he and his father had digged. 
The King tried to persuade Isaac to leave the country. 
He did move his camp farther away and dug more wells. 

In the remaining passages, Isaac is an old man. His 
eyesight is failing and he is fooled into giving Jacob 
the blessing of the birthright. Then Rebekah, to save Jacob 
from the fury of his twin brother Esau, persuaded Isaac 
to send Jacob away into Mesopotamia, there to obtain 
a wife from his own kindred. So Isaac blessed Jacob and 
sent him on his way. 

Isaac was 40 years old when he was married. His sons 
were born when he was 60 years old, and he died when 
he was 180. This man's life should start us all to review- 
ing our own lives. We, too, are chosen of God as His heirs 
and joint heirs with His Son Jesus Christ. As we read 
about these men of old, their successes and mistakes, let 
us lay out our course that we may walk more closely with 
Christ and try to eliminate as many mistakes as is hu- 
manly possible. 

We each have a job to do for God. He has given each 
one of us talents to be used for His Gloi-y. Let us find 
these talents and use them to the best of our ability. 

Are we attending the Prayer Meetings ? Do we at- 
tend Sunday School and Church ? If the Lord was to come 
today, would He find us about His Father's business ? Or 
would we be seeking the pleasures this world has to offer? 

Men! we must awaken to our responsibilities and stand 
up and be counted for God. We are His hands, and His 
feet. The fields that God has for us to work in are ripe 
unto the harvest, but where are the workers? The best 
we can do is none too good. So let us live each day as 
if it were our last day on earth. 

God hath not promised 
Skies always blue. 
Flower strewn pathways 
All our lives through. 

God hath not promised 
Sun without rain, 
Joy without sorrow 
Peace without pain. 

But God hath promised 
Strength for the day, 
Rest for the labor 
Light for the way; 

Grace for its trials 
Help from above, 
Unfailing sympathy 
Undying love. 



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B rethren 
Youth 
£^usaders 



(Editor's Note: The following ar- 
ticle is the message presented to the 
National Youth Conference, August, 
1961 by the retiring president, Richard 
Winfieid.) 



PREPARING FOR THE EVIL DAY 



TN THE FIRST verse of the twelfth 

chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes 
we find these words penned by King 
Solomon, at the end of a compre- 
hensive but fruitless search to find 
satisfaction in life outside of God. 

"Remember now thy Creator in the 
days of thy youth, while the evil 
days come not, nor the years draw 
nigh, when thou shalt say, I have 
no pleasure in them" (Ecc. 12:1). 

I think that King Solomon even 
though he had gone through times 
of deep sin and separation from the 
will of God, showed all the wisdom of 
his former day when he wrote these 
words — "Remember now thy Creator 
in the days of thy youth, while the 
evil days come not, ..." Perhaps it 
was insight that he had gained 
through his experience of the evil days 
in his own life that prepared him to 
write these words — words which are 
just as full of meaning 3,000 years 
later, as they were when they were 
written. 

"Remember NOW thy Creator in 
the days of thy youth." How many 
times have you heard it said about 
yourself or someone else, "He's still 
young yet, he'll grow up" ? Or per- 
haps you've said the same thing to 
yourself: "I'm still young yet; there 
will be plenty of time later on." Now 
this is surely true in many cases 
and it is only natural and right in 
many of the areas of life. But what 
is bad is that we cany this same 
attitude over into the spiritual area 
of our lives; putting off till a later 
time the things of the deeper spir- 
itual life. This is what I call Chris- 
tian procrastination, that is — putting 
off till tomorrow what you should do 
today. And because of it we find 
young people graduating from high 



school who go on to college and are 
blown about by every wind of doc- 
trine, not knowing what they believe. 
Or young people going out to work 
faced with all kinds of trials and 
temptations that they cannot handle. 

The writer of Ecclesiastes does not 
give us the privilege of tliis Christian 
procrastination. "Remember NOW thy 
Creator in the days of thy youth" — 
and I think that includes each one 
of us here who is old enough to under- 
stand me. And then he goes on to say 
why we should do this now — it is 
because there are evil days coming. 
Out there in the not-too-distant fu- 
ture there are evil days whicih will 
test this relationship to God and to 
His Son, Jesus Christ. 

It is these evil days that I want 
you to consider with me for awhile. 
There are three of them I want to 
talk about — three evil days. All of 
us will have to face one or two of 
them, and many of us will have to 
face all three: they are (1st) the day 
of trial by temptation, (2nd) the day 
of testing of faith, and (3rd) the 
day of trial by tribulation. 

1st— DAY OR DAYS OF TRIAL BY 
TEMPTATION. 

Each and every one of us in our 
Christian lives has been and is faced 
with temptations. The fiery darts of 
the wicked are continually hurled at 
us and we either stand or fall. For 
this purpose each of us must retain 
a close communion with the Lord Je- 
sus Christ, so that we may withstand. 

But as each of us gets older the 
temptations we face take on even 
graver significance because of the con- 
sequences of either standing or fall- 
ing. Each faces temptations which 
inay change the entire course and 



purpose of his life. Let us enumerate 
a few of these. 

The first and perhaps most impor- 
tant temptation that I would name 
concerns what one will do with his 
life. 

Each Christian young person must 
eventually face the question — "What 
will I do with my life?" God has laid 
a claim upon our lives and has called 
us to serve Him. But the temptation 
always comes to do something else 
— to want a job that will pay more 
money, offer better security, or per- 
haps one that offers popularity and 
prestige. This is the temptation to 
lay up earthly treasures and be more j 
concerned about the physical rather" 
than the spiritual area of life. 

This temptation is not limited to 
only those who feel called to the min- ^; 
istry or the mission field. For EV-ll 
ERY person called to the sei-vice ofi 
the Lord there is this temptation to I 
serve self rather than God. f 

A second important area of tempta- 
tion concerns the relationship to the 
church. Oftentimes, persons who havej 
attended Sunday School and church I 
are pulled away from the church and' 
from God when they grow older. Per- 
haps they consider these things un- 
important or old fashioned. 

Another temptation that is often 
mentioned and one I will add is the 
temptation to follow the crowd and 
to get mixed up with the wrong crowd. 
This is particularly prevalent among 
college students who, having gained 
their freedom from home and parents 
also think this is freedom from the 
right and good. 

The temptation to drink is one 
whicla is much talked about, but one 
which I would also add because of its 
importance. 



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And finally there is an area which 
We often like to shy away from in 
such talks as this, and that is the 
area of sex. In television, in maga- 
zines, in newspapers, and on the 
movie screen we are surrounded by it. 
The American system of dating makes 
it a particularly great problem. So 
the young person as he begins se- 
rious dating is faced with the temp- 
tation to play it fast and loose; or 
else he gets wrapped up in one per- 
son and the temptation to get over- 
intimate is just as great. 

The problem of necking and petting 
is a serious one for the Christian 
young person, and don't let anyone 
tell you differently. 

I have named five areas of serious 
temptation but there are many more 
which I have not considered. 

The important thing to remember 
is that as you approach adulthood 
and gain freedom and independence 
you are faced with important deci- 
sions that you yourself must make. 
And accompanying each of these im- 
portant decisions are temptations 
which are just as important, which 
temptations, if yielded to, can have 
drastic I'esults, not only in this life, 
but in the life to come. 

But to turn to the positive side 
of this issue, the Bible says that 
"there hath no temptation taken you 
but such as is common to man: but" 
— and here is the important part — 
"God is faithful, who will not suffer 
you to be tempted above that ye are 
able; but will with the temptation 
also make a way of escape, that ye 
may be able to bear it." This says 
first that though the temptations be 
serious — as we have said they will 
be, even so they will not be beyond 
what you can endure; God will pro- 
vide a means of escape. 

But even so, facing and standing 
up in the face of temptation requires 
a will to do so — it requires Chris- 
tian character and strength of soul. 
And this is not something that you 
get ovez-night nor something that you 
can develop on the spur of the mo- 
ment. That is why it is necessary 
to prepare for the evil days before 
they arrive. This requires much prayer 
and Bible study — not later on when 
you are old — but now, in the days of 
youth. We must develop Christian 
character and a deep spiritual rela- 
tionship with God now — in the days 
of youth. 

I said earlier that there are three 
evil days, and so far I have considered 




Richard Winfield 



only one. Let us quickly move to the 
second. 

"THE DAY OF TESTING OF 
FAITH." 

You surely know by now that there 
are many people who do not believe 
in Jesus Christ; and that there are 
also many people who do not believe 
in God at all. In fact, one of the 
most powerful forces in the world to- 
day — Communism — denies the exis- 
tence of God. 

Not only Communism denies the 
existence of God, however, for there 
are many important and influential 
people right here in our own United 
States who deny the existence of God. 
And there are many more who, 
though they do not deny the existence 
of God and Jesus Christ, pervert this 
truth and lead many astray. 

You will be running into such peo- 
ple and such ideas pretty soon, if you 
have not already. Particularly in high- 
er education and in college you will 
be faced with such ideas or philoso- 
phies as they are called. 

It might seem that I'm rather hard 
on colleges and its trials and temp- 
tations and perhaps I'm throwing a 
college education into a bad light. I 
don't mean nor want to do so, for 
college has been for me one of the 



greatest experiences of my life and 
I highly recommend that each one 
of you who can, take advantage of 
the opportunity to go to college. 

But to return to my point, these 
trials of faith are particularly strong 
in college, but even in high school you 
are faced with them. 

Such trials require a deep faith, 
and a faith that goes beyond just be- 
lieving what someone has told you. 

One famous definition of faith is 
this "believing steadfastly wot you 
know ain't true." And this is just 
what faith is for some people — "be- 
lieving what you know ain't true" — 
but this ain't the kind of faith I'm 
talking about and if this is all your 
faith is, it is bound to fail in the 
face of intellectual trials. 

Faith involves some knowledge as 
a basis — some study of the scriptures 
and deep concentrated thinking. A 
really strong faith requires much 
work and study. You have to KNOW 
what you believe. 

As one man has very well pointed 
out, when you compare science — one 
of the strongest contenders — with 
Christianity, it is hardly profitable to 
compare college level science with the 
Sunday School kindergarten level 
Christianity. But that is often what 
we do. You have to know something 
about Christianity if you are going 
to face the challenges of science, of 
humanism, of naturalistic evolution, 
atheism, agnosticism, religious mod- 
ernism, neo-orthodoxyism, and a host 
of other isms. And if you don't know 
what all those names mean, don't fret 
because if you stay in school long 
enough you will. 

But you not only have to know 
something about Christianity and 
about God, to face these intellectual 
trials; you have to actually know God, 
to know Him in your own life; to 
experience Him in your heart. This 
again does not come about of itself; 
you do not gain it by spending a 
few minutes in Sunday School and 
church each week. Rather this comes 
through consecrated, concentrated 
seeking after and communicating with 
God. But once you've got it, you've 
really got something. Trying to con- 
vince someone who has such an ex- 
perience that there is no God is like 
trying to convince a soldier who is 
in the midst of a bayonet charge that 
there is no war. It's impossible. So 
prepare for the day of the trial of 
your faith! 

(concluded next week) 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL 

Frequently one hears someone state that the Bi- 
ble says that "money is the root of all evil." This 
is not true. Money can be used for much good 
Three words are omitted from the Scripture quoted 
"the love of." It is not money but the love of money 
that is the root of all evil (I Tim. 6:10). 

The love of money often causes men and women 
to do wicked things to obtain it; it causes others 
to act vei-y foolishly both in its pursuit and ex- 
penditure. Because money can buy things and sat 
isfy many of the desires and necessities of life, 
those who love it are blinded to the fact that it 
cannot supply the most vital need of all, that of 
the soul. God can use money for the proclamation 
of the Gospel of Christ and in many other ways 
for the blessing of multitudes, and He does so, when 
it is given in Christ's name. Yet we must not be 
fooled by money or love it. It is more important 
that we possess spiritual riches than material wealth, 
more important that we give ourselves to God than 
that we give Him gold. 

E. Schuyler English. 
—The Pilgrim. 



"HAND-OUT-ITIS" VS. "CHANNEL-ITIS" 

Dear Brother Benshoff and others in Christ, 
Greetings in the name of the Loixl. 

Pertaining to a letter sent by Brother James 
Naff to the Editor of The Brethren Evangelist, who 
published same in the issue dated December 2, 1961; 
this servant of the Lord desires to make these 
following comments. 

I agree that "HAND-OUT-ITIS" is not a good i 
thing for The Brethren Church; I agree that the 
denomination does not owe our churches a living 
I agree that faith is a must in any "Venture with i 
(or for) Christ"; and I further agree that "HAND- 
OUT-ITIS" is not a valid way of venturing; BUT 
I hardly feel that The Brethren Church is coming, 
down with what has been diagnosed as "HAND- 
OUT-ITIS". If we are coming down with anything! 
it is "CHANNEL-ITIS". ^ 

I am not denying that our boards are Spirit-led; 
but I would like to ask. Are our boards the onlyi 
channels through which the Holy Spirit is capable 
of working? God is bigger than the boards of The 
Brethren Church. The Holy Spirit is not limited 
by the budgets or ambitions of these boards. The 
Brethren Church and her boards are necessary, but 
if tlie Spirit does not have freedom of action within 
them. He will most surely act without them. Paul 
exhorts the faithful in Christ Jesus to expose them- 
selves to a good case of "HOLY-SPIRIT-ITIS". 

Brethren, read Ephesians 5:15-21, and then give' 
"thanks always for all things unto God and the: 
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . 

In His Wonderful Service, 

Carl L. Barber 

Box 128 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 



January 20, 1962 



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I tor's 



fl 

Lesson 



A GREAT LESSON was 
learned by the early church 
following Peter's experience 
with the vision from heaven and 
his visit to the home of Cor- 
nelius as recorded in the 10th 
and 11th chapters of Acts. 

Here was the gi'eat break- 
through in the thinking of the 
Jews. Prior to this time, the 
Jews felt they had an exclusive 
hold on salvation from sin 
through Jesus Christ. Our Lord 
was a Jewish Savior for Jews. 
Through the vision which Peter 
had on the house-top, which we 
encourage you to read for your- 
selves, and through the work of 
the Holy Spirit, both in the 
heart of Peter and Cornelius, a 
great, new vision of Christian 
witnessing was born. 

Now, for the first time, Peter 
was convinced that Christ died 
also for the Gentiles of the world 
— in other words, for all peoples 
of the earth. Convincing his fel- 
low-missionaries and Christian 
friends of the Jewish race, was 
another matter. Thus, Peter was 
called on the carpet, as you can 
read in the 11th chapter of Acts. 
After his explanation, his Jew- 
ish associates were also con- 
vinced that salvation was for the 
Gentiles, too. Then came to pass 
a wonderful experience among 
the Brethren. 

Acts 11:18 indicates that 
THEY GLORIFIED GOD. After 
they had heard that God was 



interested in saving the Gentiles 
as well as the Jews, they were 
very happy. There was the free- 
dom of the Spirit in breaking 
down this age-old barrier be- 
tween Jew and Gentile. It did a 
lot for them when they glorified 
God. In doing this, they were 
fulfilling their one great purpose 
in living. God created man to 
glorify, not himself, but his 
Maker. Sin comes in when we 
say, 'T will," instead of "Thy 
will." 

All of life seems designed to 
glorify man whereas all of God's 
desire is that we shall glorify 
Him in all we do, say, think, or 
wish for. How is it in your life 
today ? 

We note also, according to 
verse 21, that "THE HAND OF 
THE LORD WAS UPON 
THEM." As they glorified God, 
they continued to serve Him and 
as such, God could bless them. 
So many times today our lives 
feel empty and worthless. Tliere 
seems to be so little meaning to 
so much of life. Day after daj' 
melts into a hazy nothingness. 
It may be that some unrepented 
sin or grudge or hatred is pre- 
venting the blessing of the hand 
of the Lord upon us. If this be 
the case, the path is clear — re- 
pent, forgive, forget — and then 
God can bless with His hand up- 
on us. 

As a result of the glorification 
of God by these early disciples, 



they had the hand of the Lord 
upon them, but more than that, 
souls were saved through their 
witnessing. A Christian who is 
in fellowship with God is truly 
a soul winner. It happens auto- 
matically. Further evidence of 
their zeal and spiritual health is 
given when we note that what 
they were doing was told to 
others until they received the 
great honor of a new name at 
Antioch — Christian. Tremen- 
dous results occurred as they 
walked in the way of the Lord. 
Christian fellowship was at its 
best. 

But they didn't stop there. 
Verses 27-30 indicate that they 
heard of a material need — fam- 
ine in Jerusalem. So they, "ev- 
ery man according to his abil- 
ity", sent relief to those in need. 
Yes, their joy in the Lord did 
not stop at the praising and wit- 
nessing level — it went on until 
it brought forth material help 
for others. Here was the true 
measure of stewardship we so 
greatly need in our church pro- 
gram today. Glorification of God, 
witnessing of the Gospel mes- 
sage, and full attention to the 
stewardship of substance. 

Don't be a sounding brass or 
a tinkling cymbal. Put meaning 
into your profession of faith by 
attention to your stewardship of 
substance. Give as you have been 
blessed. W. S. B. 



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(The following report on the mis- 
sion church in JMishawaka, Indiana, 
is by Rev. C. A. Stewart, pastor.) 



After many months of prayer and 
hard labor we are now worshiping in 
the basement of our new church. It 
is far from being complete but the 
basement is far enough along that 
we are very comfortably situated for 
services. The entire building is in- 
sulated to hold the heat but the main 
auditorium is not finished near enough 
that we can use it except for a young 
people's class. It is in the rough and 
without partitions. 

The immediate area around the 
church does not yet have all of the 
street improvements completed. At 
present we have to come in on Lowell 
Street which is one block south of 




the church. Colfax Street, which now 
ends one block west of the church 
eventually will be opened and will 
pass in front of the church. 

Both men and women of our con- 
gregation gave of their time unstint- 
ingly both day and night and ai-e 
still doing it. They have sacrificed 
time and money that we might have 
a Brethren church in Mishawaka. 
iVIany Brethren from the Northern 
Indiana Brethren churches came and 
helped in the building program. We 
could not begin to name all who 
helped. When we ran short of finances 
the trustees of the Nappanee chuz-ch 
borrowed $2,000 for us, and many 
classes, individuals and organizations 
helped us with finances so that we 
could carry on. Many Brethren from 
far and near have sent us money, 
unsolicited, because of their interest 
in this field. The Goshen church gave 




us pulpit furniture and some chairs. 
The Nappanee church also gave us 
si.xty chairs. We had purchased some 
oak seats from a church that was 
buying new ones. A good lady gave 
us a piano and now we have the 
promise of an organ; so we are get- 
ting organized and having services in 
our new church. We will probably not 
be able to complete the building for 
a long time because of the lack of 
funds, but we are 'grateful to our 
Heavenly Father for making it pos- 
sible to have what we have. We thank 
all who have helped us so generously 
— the individuals, the churches and 
the District and National Mission 
Boards. 

Our attendance is growing. We have 
a couple new families and some stu- 
dents from Bethel College attending 
and taking an active part in the ser- 
vices. Our attendance goes as high 
as fifty in the Sunday Services and 
averages fourteen to eighteen for the 
prayer service. We have a wonderful 
and loyal group of workers. Though 
few in number they are zealous in 
spirit for the Lord. 

There are many Brethren in the 
^lishawaka area who should be at- 
tending our services. We talk about 
being missionary in spirit but here j 
is a place to show it and a great field 
in which to operate. How we could do 
great things for the Lord if every 
Brethren person in this area would 
give assistance to this work! Let us 
pray that the Lord of the harvest 
will some how interest these good peo- 
ple in this field. To all Brethren in 
this area we say "Come over and 
help us". We would appreciate the 
names of Bi'ethren from other 
churches who have moved into or near 
Mishawaka. 



January 20, 1962 



Page Five 



KULP BIBLE SCHOOL — OUR HOME 

IRVEN STERN 



BEFORE Kulp Bible School settled 
down at its permanent site near 
Kwarhi, a village ten miles west of 
Mubi, it had been launched and had 
one year of experience; so when the 
school opened on its permanent lo- 
cation on April 24, 1961, the surround- 
ings were new but the school routine 
was not. 

In March of 1960 time was running 
out for the prepaiiation of the school 
building and housing for 25 families 
who had been chosen to begin the 
first class of the Bible School. School 
was scheduled to begin in late May, 
and the rains were rapidly approach- 
ing. Application had been made to 
the Nigerian Government for a lease 
on 120 acres of land where the school 
was finally to be located. No an- 
swer had come and the planners 
were in a quandax-y to know what to 
do. The choice was whether to post- 
pone the opening for a year or to 
find a temporary site on which to 
locate for a year. To postpone longer 
the badly-needed leadership training 
program for the Nigerian Church 
did not really seem a choice, after 
prayerful consideration. So it was de- 
cided to open the school at Mubi for 
the first year. There the classes could 
be held in an unused room of the 
new Senior Primary School. The staff 
could live in mission houses already 
there. So the students' houses for 
sleeping and cooking were built near- 
by. This cost the Nigerian Church 
about $700 for one year — money 
which for the most part could not 
be reclaimed at the permanent site 
since it went into the construction 



of mud quarters for the housing of 
the students. 

Soon after the school opened, news 
came that the leases of land had been 
granted. We were grateful for this, 
and Ray Tritt, one of the mission 
builders, was assigned to build at the 
new site. He began a well, made a 
road through the bush to the site, 
began making mud blocks for the 
walls of the buildings, started laying 
the cement block foundations and 
pouring the floors of the school build- 
ing and houses. He also built a small, 
round house there into which he 
moved with his wife and two children. 
Now he could supervise his large crew 
of laborers and artisans more effi- 
ciently than when he had lived ten 
miles away in Mubi. 

The Nigerian Church was not finan- 
cially in a position to undertake the 
development of the Bible School on 
its own. It needed the cooperation of 
the Church of the Brethren in the 
U. S. A. Thus, through the process 
of negotiations a plan of cooperation 
has been generally worked out along 
these lines: the Nigerian Church is 
to provide student housing and school 
buildings. The Church of the Breth- 
ren, U. S. A., is to provide the needed 
missionary teachers, their housing, 
hold a lease on the land, and develop 
the water system. The Nigerian 
Church is grateful to the Church of 
the Brethren in America for its help 
in this effort. 

While the building program pro- 
gressed, the students completed their 
first year of classes and prepared to 
go home for their vacation. Before 
leaving they moved their belongings 



to the permanent site and locked 
them up in one of the completed 
houses, to return in mid-April of 
1961, not to Mubi, but to the new lo- 
cation that would become known in 
the future as Kulp Bible School. 

The Gerald Neher family (Gerald 
is the agriculture teacher in the Bi- 
ble School) was the fii'st of the Bible 
School community to move to the site. 
They moved in March into an unfin- 
ished house to be close by where they 
could give a hand in the finishing-up 
work of the building program. Sev- 
eral students moved in early and 
helped out. The Irven Stern family 
moved in less than a week before the 
school opened on April 24. All of the 
remaining students arrived during the 
week before school began. There was 
much work to be done in getting 
settled, but no one seemed to mind. 
All of us were most grateful to be 
settling in at last at the permanent 
site of the Nigerian Church's Bible 
School. The students began to refer to 
their sojourn in Mubi as their "forty 
years of wandering in the wilderness" 
and the Bible School, of course, be- 
came "Canaan"! 

People who come to visit us now 
see a large white sign on the main 
road which reads, "Kulp Bible School, 
a Christian Rural Bible Centre of the 
Church of Christ in the Sudan, Eas- 
tern Area." As they turn from the 
road they follow a lane about three- 
fourths of a mile long which is lined 
with mango trees on both sides and 
runs down through the full length 
of the students' farms. We thank God 
for bringing us to Kulp Bible School's 
permanent site. 



HOW TO PRAY FOR 
YOUR MISSIONARIES 

It is not enough to say, "God bless 
our missionaries." Here are some sug- 
gestions to help in praying for es- 
sentials. 

1. It is not necessary that you ask 
God to give us good health. The im- 
portant thing is that He give us the 
measure of health that will best glo- 
rify Him. 

2. We do not want you to pray that 
God will give us an easy path on 



the mission field and remove obstacles, 
but rather that He give strength and 
grace to overcome for Him. 

3. It is not so important ■ that you 
pray that God should bless our ac- 
tivities as that God should censor our 
activities, for it is easy for time and 
energy to be spent on second best 
things. 

4. Do not pray for us as though 
we live on a higher plane; we can be- 
come lonely, discouraged, irritable 
and impatient and we can do a lot 
of missionary work simply in the en- 



ergy of the flesh. Pray that the love 
of Christ may constrain us in all that 
we do. 

5. Pray that, like the Apostle Paul, 
we may be willing to deny ourselves 
in order to make our lives an ex- 
ample to the believers. Sometimes 
this means the forfeiting of rights, 
privileges and the material conven- 
iences we have taken for granted all 
our lives but which are^ a stumbling 
block on the field. 

"Ye also helping together by prayer 
for us"— 2 Cor. 1:11. 



Pi-Ke Six 



The Brethren Evaiigelisti 



Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for February — "OF GOD'S CARE" 



Writer for February — MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 
February 1st through 7th — "For the World of Nature" 



MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY, Devo 
tional Writer for the EVANGELIST 
for the month of February, is a mem- 
ber of the Burlington, Indiana, Breth- 
ren Church, and lives on Rt. 1, Koko- 
mo, Indiana. Mrs. Rodkey serves her 
church and denomination in many 
ways; is President of the National 
Woman's Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church and is a member of 
the Central Planning and Co-ordinat 
ing Committee. 



February 1, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 24 

Scripture Verse: While the earth 
remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and 
cold and heat, and summer and win- 
ter, and day and night shall not cease. 
Genesis 8:22. 

The whole world belongs to God. 
He created it. Noah believed this, and 
as he came forth from the Ark, he 
built an altar and laid upon it an 
offering to God in grateful thanks for 
His protecting care. 

God was pleased with Noah and 
made a covenant with him and also 
entrusted His beautiful world and all 
that dwell therein to Noah for per- 
petual generations. This includes us 
who live in this twentieth century. 
We have been honored to be care- 
takers of this mai-velous creation. 
Here is our iirst challenge to steward- 
ship. The fulfillment of this steward- 
ship is one of man's chief duties. 

The earth is something which man 
may use or abuse. Man has a right 
to use it, but not abuse it. Man was 
given dominion over the earth, but 
this dominion is to be tempered by 
faith in God. 

The Day's Thought 

O God, Creator and owner of the 
heavens, the earth and all that is 
therein, help us to learn the lesson 
of our stewardship to thee and to our 
fellowman in the use of "the holy 
earth." 

February 2, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 19 

.Scripture Verse: The heavens de- 
clare the glory of God; and the firma- 
ment sheweth his handywork. P.salm 
19:1. 

If you have ever stood on the 
brink of the Grand Canyon in Ai-i- 
zona, you will understand what I 



mean when I say the beauty is breath- 
taking. As the sun and the clouds 
played over the canyon, I watched 
the beautiful array of colors. I stood 
in silence, actually in reverence of 
the handiwork of God. 

Recently as I sat in a Church, a 
stained glass window caught my at- 
tention. I felt the wonders of the 
many colors; the rich red, intense 
blues, cool greens and glowing yel- 
lows. These were made vivid by the 
gleaming rays of the sun. The beauty 
of it caused me to marvel that man 
could make a thing so beautiful. 

Man in his artistic ability can make 
beautiful windows, but these cannot 
compare to the creative power of God. 
The Day's Thought 

Lest we forget — we too, are His 
creation, His handiwork. Do our lives 
show foi'th the glory of God? 

February 3, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 33:1-8 

Scripture Verse: "♦and still, and 
consider the wondrc" work of God. 
Job 37:14. 

These words wer\- spoken to Job 
when he was at a low ebb spiritually, 
mentally and physically. He is asked 
in his Suffering and torment to stop 
and realize the greatness of God. 

We are living in a day when our 
minds are focused on the power of 
the atom. Many young people are no 
doubt confused as to where lies the 
greater power, — in God or in the 
atom. 

Many of us, who are physically ex- 
hausted, weary mentally and weak 
spiritually, need to cast our eyes up- 
ward and around us and consider the 
greatness of God. 

A little girl was given a rose. As 
she stood holding the rose in her 
hand, she said, "Thank you God, for 
the flower." 



More grown-ups need this child- 
like awareness of God's presence and 
nearness to them. If all of us were 
ready to thank Him each day for 
the beauty of His world, what a dif- 
ferent woi'ld we would have. 

The Day's Thought 

Let us lift our eyes from books, 
knitting and merchandise and behold 
the beauty of the divine artistry and 
see the glory of God in all creation. 

February 4, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 92:1-5 

Scripture Verse: Oh that men would 
praise the Lord for his goodness, and 
for his wonderful works to the chil- 
dren of men. Psalm 107:31. 

We find these same words repeated 
four times in this 107th Psalm. The 
Psalmist, by his example, inciteth 
others to praise God for his glorious 
and gracious works. This is also an 
e.xhortation for men both to leam and 
to preach the law of God. 

Do you see God in the people whom 
you meet? Do you see God through 
the beauties of natui-e ? Are you con- 
scious of God's presence while you 
read His Word ? Do you have a con- 
stant sense of the nearness of God ? , 

Looking at a lily in full bloom, a J 
little boy aged four said, "There is ) 
God." He pointed to the sky and said 
again, "There is God." His grand- 
mother, observing these things, 
touched him above the heart and said 
gently, "And God is here also." 

Our God is in this world. He dwells, 
works and reveals Himself in it. We 
can commune with Him and enjoy His 
presence in the midst of it. 

The Day's Thought 

"The earth is full of the goodness 
of the Lord." Today I will pray for 
an upward look. 



January 20, 1962 



Page Seven 



February 5, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 24 

Scripture Verse: A land which the 
Lord thy God careth for: the eyes 
of the Lord thy God are always upon 
it, from the beginning of the year 
unto the end of the year. Deut. 11:12. 

The Lord is in command of His 
marvelous creation. Bach day it would 
be a good thing for us to keep ac- 
count of all we receive from God. At 
the end of the day the sum would 
show just how much we owe Him. 
The Psalmist does this when he says 
that he is debtor to God for the way 
his life has been presei-ved, his health 
maintained, and his spiritual needs 
met. He remembered God's benefits. 

Think of it. We are debtors to 
God for the great out-of-doors, for 
the open Bible, for worship of God 
in the home and in the Church. Many 
of us are debtors to God for Chris- 
tian home and for education. 

Can a man ever square accounts 
with God, the divine Creditor? Never. 
But each day we can tell others of 
His wondrous love. 

The Day's Thought 

I cannot repay God: I can only 
love and serve Him. 

February 6, 1962 
Read Scripture: Isaiah 40:18-31 

Scripture Verse: It is he that sit- 
teth upon the circle of the earth . . . 
and stretcheth out the heavens as a 
curtain, and spreadeth them out as 
a tent to dwell in. Isaiah 40:22. 



Here is a demonstration of God's 
great power in creation. How was 
the earth created ? The Bible our au- 
thority, declares that God made "the 
earth by His power. . .established the 
world by His wisdom, and hath 
stretched out the heavens by His dis- 
cretion" (Jer. 10:12). God didn't need 
gas Or sun or stars or explosions to 
create the wor'ld. The Bible says "He 
stretched out the north over the 
empty places and hung the earth on 
nothing" (Job 26:7). 

Truly God is great and all-power- 
ful. The purpose of the biblical ac- 
count of creation is not to provide 
strictly scientific explanation of how 
the earth was created and received its 
present form, but to point to God, 
the Creator of all things as the One 
we should love, trust and worship. 

How great is your God ? 

The Day's Thought 

"He is able to do exceedingly, 
abundantly above all that we ask or 
think: according to the power that 
worketh in us." 

February 7, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 104:10-24 

Scripture Verse: And God saw ev- 
erything he had made, and behold it 
was very good. Genesis 1:31. 

God is represented as pausing at 
every stage to look at His work. 
Every object was in its right place, 
every vegetable process going on in 
season, every animal in its structure 
and instincts suited to its mode of 



life, and its use in the economy of 
the world. 

He saw everything that He had 
made answering the plans which His 
eternal wisdom had conceived, and 
behold it was very good. In other 
words. He was satisfied with His 
work. 

Are we satisfied with our efforts 
in helping others to know the mar- 
velous story of the creation and also 
to know the Creator? The creative 
power of the compassionate God is 
at work. Our work can be beautiful 
if we but allow the Divine to work 
through us. 

The Day's Thought 

Does the end of the day bring to us 
a satisfaction which other days have 
not brought? Can I say, "Behold it 
was very good" ? 



Memorials 

HURLBURT. Mrs. Esther Hurlburt, 
Mansfield, Ohio, departed this life, 
Nov. 20, and went to be with her 
Lord whom she loved and had served 
for a number of years. Survived by 
husband, two daughters, two sons, 
and grandchildi-en. Services by her 
pastor. 

Wilbur L. Thomas, Pastor. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



^ WHERE DO YOU LIVE? 

"Verily I say unto you. Except ye be converted, and 
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the king- 
dom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). 

THREE INCIDENTS relating to and involving chil- 
dren were given by a writer in a devotional study. 
Two children were playing together when the lad ac- 
cidently pushed the little Miss to the floor. Quite small, 
she interpreted the accident as an intentional act, and 
cried loudly. The lad ran to her and said, "Me sorry." 
But still she cried. A second time the little lad asserted 
his sorrow for the accident, saying, "Me sorry." Anxious 
to reestablish friendly relations, the little fellow cried 
out, "Me so, so sorry." The last asseveration seemed to 



assui-e the little Miss and she ceased her crying, and soon 
they were playing amicably again. 

A Christian woman had been baby sitting with two 
little sisters, who had been quarreling all morning. At 
lunchtime the four-year-old said her usual table grace. 
And then she hesitated a moment, then added this codicil 
to her petition, "Help us to forgive the one who sits next 
to us." 

The same writer tells of another incident and expe- 
rience which befell her. 

Walking one day from the church to the parsonage next 
door with the pastor's little daughter, and desiring to 
make conversation with her little friend she said to the 
child, "Whei-e do you live, Jane?" The child's answer was 
explicit, and challenging for her adult friend — and in- 
deed for all of us, "Oh, I live next door to God." 

The writer wisely draws these lessons from her expe- 
riences: If we really want to make our homes Christian 
we must give answers to three questions: 

1. Are we willing to say, "I am sorry" ? 

2. Do we forgive those who sit next to us at the table ? 

3. Do we live next door to God ? 

Can you answer these questions affirmatively? 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for January 28, 1962 

REVERENCE FOR GOD'S NAME 

Text: Exodus 20:7; Matthew 5:33-37; 6:5-9 

NO MAN HAS SEEN God at any time except Jesus, and 
yet men have come to know Him through faith and reve- 
lation. As He reveals Himself, we see that He is worthy 
of the greatest reverence. "He has made known the glory 
of His nature in His name and this was not to be abused 
by His people" (Keil & Delitzsch). 

When God said "Thou shalt not take the name of the 
Lord thy God in vain", He meant far more than abuse 
of the title, Jehovah. The Jews had so great a respect 
for the title, Jehovah, that they would not so much as 
pronounce it and yet they were very guilty of breaking 
this commandment. In its original meaning, NAME in- 
cluded character, reputation, fame, honor and the like. 

Since the natural heart of man is so prone to break 
this command God enforced it with a threat. 

Reverence for God is reflected in our honor. 

1. Matt. 5:33-37. The implications of an oath in His 
name is that otherwise a person cannot be relied upon 
to tell the truth. 

2. Knowing that God knows every thought and intent 
of the heart, it is showing Satanic disrespect to God 
and His authority to speak untruly whether under oath 
or no. "But he who does not fear to break his simple 
word has no true reverence for God. . ." (C. F. Yoder). 

3. This command of Jesus strikes at the heart of a cor- 
rupt teaching of certain of His day that the extent 
to which one intended going in keeping His word cor- 
responded with the value or esteem of that by which 
a person swore (Matt. 23:16-22). They failed to see 
that all things belong to God and the use or abuse 
of them reflects a person's reverence for God. 

4. True reverence for God is shown by the Christian 
whose honor and conduct is sterling at all times and 
places. "An oath will not bind a knave nor a liar, and 
an honest man needs none, for his character and con- 
duct swear for him" (Adam Clark). 

Reverence for God is reflected in our communion with God. 

1. Worship and prayer are not times for "show-off" be- 
fore men. 

2. "We cannot resist a painful impression that much of 
our current religion errs through want of reverence. 
We come with unprepared minds to the holiest ser- 
vices. We dogmatize conceitedly about the most awful 
mysteries of life and of the faith. We prattle glibly, 
with an easy familiarity about the names of Persons 
before whom the archangels bow" (J. Oswald Dykes). 



3. The purpose of prayer is communion w-ith God, to have 
God hear and answer us. To pray with any other pur- 
pose in mind is not to pray at all. 

4. Vain repetition is the repeating of the same words 
and phrases with the thought that (a), perhaps God ' 
will hear us for much speaking, (b). or God's atten- 
tion is better gained by "sacred words". 

What it really reveals is that the person does not 
take God at His word; that God hears us. He is no 
respecter of persons, He asks us to pray and He prom- 
ises to answer true prayers and this with every re- 
spect to us as intelligent beings. 

5. This in no way limits our reverently speaking to God 
about a matter many times so long as we and God 
know that it is for the purpose of coming to an un- 
derstanding of a problem or of ourselves. Jesus re- 
peated the same prayer several times in Gethsemane 
but it was not with the thought of impressing God or 
of distrust or lack of faith. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 

SUNDAY SCHOOL TRUANT OFFICER 

TOE TRUDGED silently past the church with his face 
buried in the Sunday comics. It was no concern of his 
that Sunday School was in progress inside. In fact, he 
was concerned about very little. Sunday, to Joe, was a 
day to loaf. That's what his stepfather did, and that's 
what he did. 

He didn't notice the man who followed him down the 
street, and came up to ithe door of his house after he was 
inside. His stepfather never told him what the man said. 
It didn't matter much, because the family moved to 
another neighborhood that week. 1 

It mattei'ed to Dwight Ritchie though, who had fol- 
lowed the boy on a hunch, and had secured a pi'omise 
from the stepfather that Joe and his sister could come 
to Sunday School next week. 

"I made the contact," he thought to himself later, 
"but I was too late." 

In the following seven weeks Dwight was not too late 
with other boys and girls. 

Each Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour 
he patrolled the streets near the church in search of 
Sunday School delinquents. Once the children were in- 
vited they were followed up during the next weeks until 
attendance became habitual. 

During eight weeks Dwight brought 28 persons into the 
Sunday School at least once. Of these, 25 indicate con- 
tinued attendance. Eighteen were present the eighth week. 

Here are some principles to help you start a similar 
truant officer program: 

1. Good intentions are not enough. In most cases boys 
and girls were not in Sunday School the following week 



January 20, 1962 



Page Nine 



unless they were called on, given time to dress, and taken 
to Sunday School, even though late. This practice of 
"rooting them out" for several weeks paid off in reg- 
ular attendance. 

2. The prospect must be "sold" on Sunday School first. 
A personal invitation which communicated the idea that 
the prospect was genuinely wanted brought 50% of the 
number contacted out to Sunday School. 

3. Parents should be consulted. After acquaintance had 
been made with the child, parents were usually willing 
to let their children attend. Sometimes the parents them- 
selves attended. 

4. Make a definite date. All the children contacted in 
eight weeks lived within walking distance of the church. 
However, a definite date was made to call on the chil- 
dren personally for two or three weeks. 

5. Maintain contact. One contact was seldom sufficient 
to bring the prospect to Sunday School. A call on Satur- 
day night reminded them of the last Sunday's promise. 

6. There is a saturation point. The work of bringing 
children to Sunday School and making second and third 
contacts soon took up all of Dwight's time until he could 
nake no new contacts. At this point responsibility should 
be spread out to others so that each person will have 
;ime for street work. 

from NSSA LINK. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



BEAUTIFUL WORDS OF JESUS 

"Beautiful words of Jesus, spoken so long ago, 
Yet as we sing them over, dearer to us they grow; 
Calling the heavy-laden, calling to hearts oppressed, 
'Come unto Me, ye weary, come, I will give you rest.' " 

HOW CONSOLING are the words of Jesus to believers 
who are in mourning (John 14:1-3)! No words are 
ike His for comforting and healing of heartbi'eak (Jn. 
14:16-18). There is no love like the love of God as e.x- 
pressed in the Golden Text of the Bible (Jn. 3:16). Many 
lave found encouragement to salvation in the universal 
appeal of Jesus as Savior (Jn. 6:37). To look upon Jesus 
md to accept His Word by faith is to know His saving 
grace and power (Jn. 3:18; 5:24). To hear Him as the 
Bread and Water of life is to meet our spiritual need 
(Jn. 6:51; 7:37). He tells us He is our "Good Shepherd" 
(Jn. 10:14). To those who seek the desired haven of the 
soul. He is "'the Door" (10:7). He is the all sufficient, 
personal Saviour (14:6). To the bereaved and to those 
apon their death beds. He is "the resurrection and the 
life" (11:25, 26). To those distressed with burden He is 
'rest" (Matt. 11:28). 

"Hear the call of His voice so sweet; 
Bring your load to the Savior's feet; 
Lean your heart on His loving breasit. 
Come, come and He will give you rest." 



Do you know what were the first words of Jesus in 
the Bible (Mk. 1:15) ? Do we not think it is tremendously 
important to heed the words of Jesus in the Bible (Matt. 
7:26) ? The fii-st words of Jesus recorded in Matthew's 
Gospel was when He came to be baptized of John (3:13- 
15). In Luke, His first words wei-e recorded of Him at 
the age of twelve (3:49). The term "Father's business" 
is explained in Luke 19:10. 

The last words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels 
of Matthew and Mark are the words of His Great Com- 
mission (Matt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-18). The last words 
of Jesus as recorded in Luke's Gospel is for His followers 
to tarry for the anointing of the Holy Ghost (24:49). 
And what do you suppose are His last words in John's 
Gospel (21:22)? What will His next word be (1 Thess. 
4:16)? Maybe His shout will be something like His sum- 
mons to Lazarus in his grave (Matt. 11:43). And what 
beautiful words will He say to the resurrected ones (Matt. 
25:21)? At the end time nations shall crumble at the 
word of His mouth (2 Thess. 8). When He comes in all 
His glory and beauty His name shall be called "the Word 
of God" (Rev. 19:11-14). 

His present words are wonderful and beautiful in be- 
half of the children (Lu. 18:16; Matt. 18:10, 14), in be- 
half of any one who will call upon Him (Rev. 22:17). 
His very last words are said in Rev. 22:20. 
"Sing them over again to me. 

Wonderful words of Life; 
Let me more of their beauty see, 

Wonderful words of Life. 
Words of life and beauty. 

Teach me faith and duty; 
Beautiful words, wonderful words, 
Wonderful words of Life." 
The words of Jesus are moulding and transforming 
(Jn. 6:63). They contain God's mind, heart and will for 
His own (Jn. 17:8). He has the "wfords of life" (Jn. 
6:68). His words are wonderful (Lu. 4:22)! We enter- 
tain the written Word that we may draw nigh to the 
Living Word (Jn. 6:45-47). 

"Break Thou the bread of life. 

Dear Lord to me. 
As Thou didst break the loaves 

Beside the sea; 
Beyond the sacred page 

I seek Thee, Lord; 
My Spirit pants for Thee, 
Living Word. 

"Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, 
To me, etc. 

"Thou art the bread of life, 
O Lord, to me, etc." 



The soul that rationalizes by saying he is too busy to 
pray is too busy indeed. A honey bee does not dart in 
and out of a flower; instead, it taii'ies with the flower 
for a while and thus draws out the fragrance that results 
in honey. Our day would greatly profit by this advice 
given David Livingstone by a Scotsman, "Religion is not 
a matter of fits of starts and stops, but an everyday 
affaiir." 

Roy 0. McClain, THIS WAY, PLEASE 
(The Fleming H. Revell Company). 



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and at nigJitfall a sense of the pres- 
ence of God. 

Then the patience to wait for the 
coming of these gifts, that the sunse)^ 
of each day shall not be darkened' 
Ijy the clouds of my haste and the 
mists of my fretting doubt. Then as 
my little day closes, ;to feel the en- 
circling arms of "the love that wilt 
not let me go." 



PORTRAITS OF THE NEW YEAR 



You are standing before a blank 
canvas which has already been 
stretched taut upon the easel. All 
about you are phials, tubes, and jars 
of all the colors of oil paints known 
to the artist. Here, too, are numerous 
brushes with which to mix and apply 
the paints and palettes upon which to 
blend the colors before transferring 
them to the canvas. 

In the year that moves forward 
beyond the threshold of today, you 
are commissioned to ijaint a land- 
scape upon the canvas — a picture that 
will require 365 brush strokes for 
its completion. You may choose your 
own colors, blending them as you will; 
but the colors you select will deter- 
mine the beauty and value of the 
finislied picture. 

Life is a blending of light and 
shadow. As you add a brush stroke 
each day to your painting, guard 
against using too much black and 
brown and dull gray, for these will 
mar the beauty of the landscape you 
are slowly building, bit by bit, upon 
the canvas. On the other hand, such 



commendable characteristics as hap- 
piness, love, imdei'standing, friendli- 
ness and faith, will inspire you ito 
apply brilliant, attractive and har- 
monious colors to your canvas. 

Day by day you will add another 
stroke of the brush to your design. 
Remember that you alone are the ar- 
tist, that you alone can determine the 
character of your production. At the 
end of the year, when the last blend- 
ing of colors has been accomplished, 
and you survey your completed can- 
vas, will it be a beautiful creation, 
shining with radiant colors that have 
been carefully blended ? Or will it be 
a murky, desolate, sooty picture 
wherein there is no beauty ? 

The colors that you apply each day 
on the canvas of your life decide 
whether you will produce a master- 
piece of noble living or a dismal, 
smudgy blur of shadows where not 
light gleams. At this moment the 
blank canvas is before you, ready to 
receive the first stroke. What color 
will you apply today? 



A NEW YEAR'S PSALM 



I will lift up mine eyes unto the 
hills and behold 'how on yonder hori- 
zon the rising sun is gilding the 
arch of hope on another new, un- 
stained year. 

What dare I wish that this year 
may bring me ? Only that which shall 
not make the world poorer because of 
me, nor become mine at the expense 
of others, yet which shall gather 
worth as it passes through me. 

A few sincere friends who under- 
stand my loneliness, yet remain faith- 
ful because of my silence. 

A capacity to understand and re- 
spond to the sufferings of others, 
Icnowing that they fight as hard a 
battle against many odds, even as I. 

A sense of justice tempered with 
mercy; a conception of work as a 



privilege, and a feeling that respon- 
sibility is my debt for the right to 
live in a world where great ends are 
at stake. 

A task to do which hais real value, 
without which the world would be 
poorer, and the good I migtht produce 
be eternally lost. 

A sense of humor and the power 
to laugh; the grace to forgive and 
the humility to be forgiven; the wil- 
lingness to praise, and the art to 
enjoy a little leisure with dreams. 

A sense of the eternal hills, the 
unresting seas and the horizon-fusing 
plains; and withal a capacity to ap- 
lireoiate something beautiful the hand 
of man has made. 

A few wistful moments of quiet 
amid the garish fever of the day; 



W. M. S. 

Memorials 

Mrs. Hannah Newcomb 

Another member of Ashland W. M. 
S. Group I, Mrs. Hannah Newcomb, 
was called to her heavenly home om 
October 27, 1961. For many years she 
was one of our faithful members. 

Mrs. Newcomb was a very active 
worker in our church although she 
retained membership in the Salvation 
Army. She, along with her parents,' 
had been workers in that organization 
many years. Her husband and one of 
her sons became members of our 
church. Along with them she wor- 
shipped and worked faithfully many 
years. 

This past year death has taken 
three of our very active workers: 
Mrs. Ruth Burns, Mrs. Carrie Fur- 
ry and now, Mrs. Hannah Newcomb. 
Mrs. R. A. Hazen, 
Corresponding Secretary. 

Mrs. Miranda Benshoff 

It is with deep regret that we re-i 
port the loss of one of our faithful 
members, Mrs. Miranda Benshoff, who-l 
went to be with her Lord on Decem-i 
ber 2, 1961, at the age of 81. 

Mrs. Benshoff is survived by two 
children, Benjamin and Mary; and 
four grandchildren. 

She was a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, Penn-^ 
sylvania, for many years. She was 
a member of the Dorcas Class of the 
Sunday School, and of the Woman's 
Missionary Society. She served as a 
deaconess in the church for years. '• 

Funeral services were held at the 
Pi'ed Geisel Funeral Home on Tues- 
day, December 5. Rev. James Sweeton' 
had charge of the service. Interment, 
was in Gi'andview Cemetery. 

Mrs. James Benshoff. 



January 20, 1962 



Pittsburgh, Pa. Brother William S. 
Crick writes: "We received one adult 
member into the church fellowship 
during the Christmas Sunday worship 
service, following her reconsecration 
and baptism." 

Johnstown, Pa. (Second). Brother 
Charles Lowmaster reports the re- 
ception of six new members into the 
membership of the church on Decem- 
ber 31st. 

Pastor Lowmaster was radio devo- 
tional speaker over WJAC Johnstown, 
the week of January 8th. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. New Lebanon 
hosted the Miami Valley Laymen's 
Banquet the evening of January 15th. 
Scheduled speaker was Robert Hoover, 
Principal of Fairview High School. 



XI ew s 



The W. M. S. public service is 
scheduled for January 21st. 

North Liberty, Indiana. Mr. and 
Mrs. Ernest Ulbricht were ordained 
deacon and deaconess in ceremonies 
in the North Liberty church on De- 
ember 17th. Brother C. Y. Gilmer and 
Pastor William Curtis were in charge 
of the service. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother Virgil 
Ingraham was the Wednesday evening 



But(i/te«C 



Week of Prayer Service speaker; the 
service was held in the North Main 
Mennonite church on January 10th. 

The Laymen's public sendee is 
scheduled for February 4th, with 
State Laymen's Organization presi- 
dent, Clarence Kindley, as speaker. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother J. Milton 
Bowman reports the baptism and re- 
ception of two new members recently. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



DRIVE AGAINST MAIL 
OBSCENITY SEES INCREASED 
ARRESTS, CONVICTIONS 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— A 
stepped-up enforcement campaign, 
says Postmaster General J. Edward 
Day, is resulting in a "significant in- 
crease in arrests and convictions for 
violation of the postal obscenity laws." 

During the quarter which ended 
Sept. 30 the Postal Inspection Ser- 
vice arrested 98 persons for violation 
of the obscenity laws. This is an in- 
crease of 21 per cent over the saine 
period in 1960. 

Actual convictions obtained in fed- 
eral courts during this same period 
on obscenity charges brought by post- 
al inspectors totaled 69, which rep- 
resented a 16.9 per cent rise. 

UNEARTHED DOCUMENTS 
RIVAL DEAD SEA SCROLLS 

JERUSALEM (EP) — Sixty-four 
documents, including two Bible frag- 
ments, have been uncovered in a cliff - 
side cave near the Dead Sea in Israel. 
Archaeologists described the historic 
documents as second in importance 
only to the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Dr. Yigael Yadin, professor of ar- 
chaeology at the Hebrew University 



of Jerusalem, said the documents 
made no mention of Jesus or the 
early Christian church, although they 
dated from 88 to 135 A. D. He said 
he found the omission "strange". 

The Dead Sea Scrolls are 60 to 70 
years older than the newly-found doc- 
uments and make no mention of Je- 
sus either. 

Professor Yadin described the new 
find as a collection of legal docu- 
ments relating to a group of refugee 
Judeans who had fled to the caves 
after Roman Empez'or Hadi'ian's 
forces crushed a three-and-one-half 
year revolt led by Israeli Prince Bar 
Kochba in 135 A. D. The documents 
were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, 
Nabatean and Greek on both papyri 
and parchment. 

AT LAST: 'IN GOD WE TRUST' 
BEING PRINTED ON 
$1 DOLLAR BILLS 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— Six 
years ago congress voted that U. S. 
currency should bear the motto "In 
God We Trust." Finally, beginning in 
December, all new $1 bills are so in- 
scribed. 

Treasury officials i-eportedly have 
been criticized for the long delay in 



complying fully with public law 140, 
which had called for the use of the 
motto on all paper money following 
a long time practice in the design of 
U. S. coins. 

Harry Holtzclaw, Director of the 
Bureau of Printing and Engraving, 
explains on behalf of the Treasury 
that the measure came at a time when 
the Bureau was starting to change 
from old flat-bed presses which 
printed 18 notes to a sheet to new 
rotaiy presses which turn out 32 notes 
to a sheet. 

Because of the caution with which 
any changes are made in the pro- 
duction of currency, he says, it wasn't 
until October, 1957, that the firist ro- 
tary press dollar bills with the motto 
went into general circulation. Many 
of the old presses have continued in 
use; and while some of them have 
been altered to include the motto, not 
all have. Until December, series 
1935 G dollar bills came into circula- 
tion without the motto. 

Now, all new fl bills contain the 
words, "In God We Trust." 

Looking ahead, Holtzclaw explains 
that, "The dollar bills without la mot- 
to should disappear fairly quickly. We 
allow ones a life of only 14-15 
months." 

He said that fives, tens and higher 
denominations have an indefinite life. 
Since the printing of mottoes on high- 
er denominations has not begun, it 
will be many years before all U. S. 
currency conforms to the provisions 
of the 1955 legislation. 



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Sisterhood Program for February 



Senior Devotional Program 

General Theme: "Exploring the Depths" 
February: "Exploring the Depths — By Ear" 



Memorize . . . And if ye lend to them 
of whom ye hope to receive, what 
thank have ye ? for sinners also lend 
to sinners, to receive as much again. 
But love ye your enemies, and do 
good, and lend, hoping for nothing 
again; and your reward shall be great, 
and ye shall be the children of the 
highest; for he is kind unto the un- 



thankful and to the evil. Luke 6:34- 
35. 

Have you memorized the verses for 
the day and then have you forgotten 
them? Better not! Review them. Use 
the memorization in a group reading 
for your public service. They are not 
to be forgotten. 



National dues and district dues are 
to be sent to the respective officers 
by January 31st. Part of the goal is 
to be on time. 

If time permits, include the Junior J 
topic in your program. It is in keep- 
ing with your own, and is certainly | 
worth your reading time. 



Junior Devotional Program 



General Theme: "Pinnacles of Praise" 
February: "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" 



. . .And if ye lend to them of whom 
ye hope to receive, what thank have 
ye ? for sinners also lend to sinners, 
to receive as much again. Luke 6:34. 

We have suggested the memoriza- 
tion of eight verses from the sixth 



chapter of Luke. If you have not al- 
ready reviewed the preceeding verses, 
why not do so now ? They are not 
to be forgotten! 



National dues and district dues are 
to be sent to the respective officers 
by January 31st. Part of the goal is 
to be on time. 

If time permits, include the Senior 
topic. By Ear, in your program. 



Bible Study: 



Mrs. Charles Lowmaster 



JESUS BEGINS HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY 



TN OUR STUDIES to date we have 
looked at the reasons why Jesus 
must come to earth; and systemati- 
cally searched how God worked out 
His plan. In Luke 1:3 Luke states that 
he intends to give "an orderly ac- 
count" of the gospel happenings. As 
we enter chapter four we shall take 
up Luke's "orderly account" of 
Christ's public ministry. Sisterhood 
girls, I hope that you are reading 
Luke as we go along. It is only my 



aim to help you to a gi'eater under- 
standing of what you are i-eading. 

What meaning does the temptation 
of Jesus have for us? Keep in mind 
the fact that though Jesus was the 
Son of God He lived in a fleshly 
body such as you and I; thus He felt 
as keenly as you and I the intense 
pangs of hunger and thirst and the 
desires for personal power and po- 
sition. He had to overcome any de- 
sires of His body or He couldn't 



really be our Savior. He must settle 
with Himself and the Father just how 
His mission shall be accomplished. 

Should He use His God-given power 
as a social worker to feed the hungry 
by changing stones to bread? This 
would be a gospel of plenty and would 
be very popular but would it save 
men's souls ? Should He be a political 
reformer and seek to change and con- 
trol government? He saw all the 
kingdoms of the world before Him. 



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The Jews expected their Messiah to 
come and establish a great worldly 
kingdom. Would this heal the disease 
of the world— Sin? 

Or should He win men's favor by 
performing great wonders for them 
to behold such as throwing Himself 
from a high pinnacle of the temple ? 
Even if God would not have let Him 
fall, would this kind of display help 
mankind ? Jesus chooses to perform 
His mission by the service of love, 
even though this will bring Him a 
cross. He then comes forth from the 
awful test in the wilderness untouched 
by sin and victor over Satan, abid- 
ing perfectly in the Father's will, 
with His mission clear and His pur- 
pose fixed. 

Nazareth is Jesus' hometown. He 
went to the synagogue on the sabbath 
day and was asked to read from the 
scriptures. It is a Jewish custom to 
ask visiting teachers to read and 
speak. He read from Isaiah 61:1-2. 
He told the people that He was the 
one Isaiah was talking about. He 
gives two examples from the Old Tes- 
tament that proves "no prophet is 
accepted in his own country". The 
people got very angry with Him and 
would have killed Him but God was 
watching over Him and He passed 
out of their midst. 

From Nazareth, Jesus traveled to 
Capernaum, a journey of about 25 
miles. That doesn't sound like far but 
I'emember, He was walking. Again He 
is asked to read and teach in the 
synagogue. There is a man present 
who is possessed with a demon who 
cries out against Jesus. Jesus proved 
Himself to be a true Savior by re- 
vealing His power over evil spirits. 
So far Luke has presented Jesus as 
one who is victor over the tempta- 
tions of the devil, as one who taught 
with authority and now he shows Je- 
sus as one who has power over physi- 
cal illness and evil spirits which cause 
mental illness. 

Jesus seeks to suppress fame and 
popularity which came because of His 
performing of miracles, for His chief 
concern is not to be popular but to 
convince the people that He is God. 
He heals men because of a great com- 
passion and His life and teaching 
shows them what God is like. 



After giving of His strength and 
sympathy in healing He feels a need 
to seek a quiet place with the Father, 
where He can rest and be spiritually 
refreshed. If the Son of God felt a 
need to spend time alone in prayer 
with the Father how much more ought 
you and I to feel the need? It is 
easy to let a day slip by without 
time spent in quiet meditation, and 
another, and another. But what does 
this do to us ? "Seven days without 
prayer makes one weak!" We be- 
come short tempered, frustrated when 
things don't go the way we'd like 
them to go. We snap at our brothers 
or sisters and even our pai-ents. We 
feel ashamed and guilty but don't 
know how to make things right. Jesus 
knew how to commune with God so 
that it rested Him, guided Him, kept 
Him from being crushed with human 
sin and suffering. Let's follow His ex- 
ample. "Lord teach us to pray...". 

Luke continues, in an "orderly 
way", to reveal the universal charac- 
ter of Christ's power. He shows that 
Jesus was also the all-powerful ruler 
of the fish of the sea. 

Leprosy is almost unheard of in 
our day, but when Jesus lived there 
were many afflicted with it. Leprosy 
is a contagious disease, that means 
one person can get it from someone 
who already has it. To touch a leper 
was an unheard of thing. In fact it 
was required of lepers that they go 
away from their homes and loved 
ones and live by themselves. They 
had to call out "unclean, unclean" if 
they got near other people so they 
wouldn't spread the disease. Jesus 
not only touched the leper but He 
loved him and healed him. He urges 
the leper not to tell anyone but the 
priest, lest people will think His only 
mission is to heal bodies. 

Jesus not only governed the forces 
of nature and cured sick bodies, but 
now He reveals His right and His 
power to forgive sin. Because this 
right and power belong exclusively 
to God, Jesus thus proclaimed His 
oneness with God. Four kind people 
have brought a paralytic into His 
presence. Evidently the paralysis is 
due to sin. The love of Jesus is tender 
towards the sinner in his need. By 
commanding the paralyzed man to get 
up and go home after He has already 



said "Your sins are forgiven you", 
Jesus proved by His might over things 
visible His power over things invis- 
ible. 

Here we see Jesus sitting down to 
eat with a group of men thought by 
the religious Pharisees to be sinners. 
The Pharisees are proud and self- 
righteous, they think they are "pretty 
good guys". They can't understand 
why Jesus would sit down and eat 
with "crooks and drunkards". Notice 
how carefully Luke, the physician, re- 
cords Jesus' words: "They that are 
healthy don't need a doctor. The ones 
that are sick need the doctor." Are 
we like the Pharisees ? Do we in- 
vite our friends to Sunday School and 
church but ignore the boys and girls 
who might not be so nice ? By this I 
mean the ones who might use bad 
words, or play dirty tricks on you 
and just aren't very pleasant to be 
around. How are they ever going to 
learn any better if we don't try to 
teach them by our example ? "Actions 
speak louder than words!" 

In Luke 5:36-39 Jesus is trying to 
explain to the Pharisees that He is 
not trying to patch up their old re- 
ligious traditions. That He is not go- 
ing to fill their old religious forms 
with new life BUT He is forming a 
"new testament" with men. "Ye must 
be born again" (John 3:3) into new 
life. This new life is spiritual and 
concerns itself with the hearts of men 
rather than their outward actions. 

We have seen how Luke in his 
"orderly account" has presented Je- 
sus with progressively more author- 
ity: 

1. Lord of lords (over Satan) 

2. Lord of intellect or knowledge 

3. Lord of human bodies 

4. Lord of creation (the fish of the 
sea) 

5. Lord of sinners 

Now Jesus is about to choose His 
special helpei's that He might train 
them and teach them so they will 
be ready to continue His work when 
men shall crucify Him on a cross. 
Jesus' public ministry lasts some 
three years and time is fleeing. But 
"with God nothing shall be impos- 
sible" (Luke 1:37). In our next study 
we shall look into the lives of the 
men whom Jesus shall choose. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



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EXPLORING THE DEPTHS — BY EAR 

Mrs. Dorman Ronic 



How EXCITING it is to explore— 
whether it is a cave, a trail, 
a hobby, a new house, or car, or 
whatever we desire. To explore is to 
investigate or examine a thing. In 
science classes there are so many op- 
portunities for exploring. So often 
what you find by eye is recorded in 
a notebook for someone else to read 
and learn from your discoveries or 
explorations. 

To explore by ear is just as ex- 
citing. Just now, close your eyes and 
heax'. Can you distinguish the sounds ? 
So often the sounds you hear coincide 
with a sight you see and you asso- 
ciate the sound and sight. When one 
is omitted — in this case the sight — 
can you recognize the sound ? Now, 
close your eyes again and listen. This 
time you should be able to tell the 
sounds you have heard, because you 
are actually listening. 

So often our explorations are hamp- 
ered by outward circumstances. In 
scientific discoveries we must ignore 
everything which does not relate to 
our problem, then proceed. In other 
words, the so-called "clutter" must 
be discarded while we concentrate on 
one factor. Working in the kitchen, 
you know, is easiest when you are 
organized, when you have your in- 
gredients collected and you work in 
one area, instead of roaming thi'ough- 
out the kitchen. So it is in our pei-- 
sonal life, we must eliminate the 
negative, the unnecessary and unim- 
portant trivialities, and accent the 
positive. We must listen to what we 
hear when we explore with our ears. 

It is a well-known fact that girls 
like to talk. It is a proven fact that 
we have two ears and one tongue. 
Therefore, we should hear twice as 
much as we say. How interesting if 
we would practice this! Think what 
we could learn and how we could de- 
velop mentally, spiritually, morally, 
and intellectually. 

Our lives are filled with wonderful 
sounds. In the spi'ing all of us are 



anxious for the birds' songs, but now 
think of the cold mornings when the 
snow crunches under our feet. The 
shouts and laughter of the neighbor- 
hood crowd at a sledding party or a 
swimming party. I think of a lovely 
poem set to an old English tune, 
which we often sing: 

"This is my Father's world, 
And to my listening ears all nature 

sings. 
And round me rings the music of the 

spheres. 

This is my Father's world, 
I rest me in the thought of rocks and 

trees, of skies and seas. 
His hand the wonders wrought." 
Other phrases from this poem are 
for our listening ears, too: "The birds 
their carols raise", "In the rustling 
grass I hear Him pass", "He speaks 
to me everywhere". 

When our ears are open and are 
tuned to listening, we will thorough- 
ly enjoy our exploring. Of course, the 
object of our exploring is so very 
important. 

There is nothing worse for listening 
than loud, raucous, disrespectful 
sounds. What have you heard today ? 
Gossip, catty remarks, trashy music, 
filthy stories, swearing, arguing, crab- 
bing? I feel very sorry for you, if 
you have listened to this. When we 
think of the glorious sounds in our 
life, it is a shame to tolerate the 
noises. The next time you are tempted 
to explore some gossip, you change 
the subject or the tone of voice, and 
make a complimentary remark. If 
nothing complimentary can be said, 
then remain quiet, for silence is gold- 
en. If we think on the beautiful and 
lovely sounds about us, life will be 
beautiful. 

A verse from a very familiar hymn 
is this: 

"Open my ears. 
That I may hear voices of truth Thou 

sendest clear; 
And while the wave notes fall on 

my ear 



Everything false will disappear. 
Silently now I wait for Thee, 
Ready, my God, thy will to see; 
Open my ears, illumine me. Spirit di- 
vine." 
Listen for messages which Christ 
would want us to hear. 

When you hear the minister's ser- 
mons, do you actually listen ? It is 
too easy for us to sit in church and 
let our minds stay outside — perhaps 
in a classroom, at a party, or on a 
date. The words from our minister are 
meant to help us. He is a servant 
of God, who is seeking the lost and 
is anxious to strengthen the saved. 
His message will help you. Perhaps 
now you are thinking — my preacher 
isn't interesting, and he never says 
anything good. Girls, the fault lies 
with you. Have you ever prayed for 
your minister while he is preaching ? 
Have you actually listened ? In Je- 
sus' teaching with parables He re- 
ferred to hearing and listening. "If| 
any man have ears to hear, let him* 
hear. . .Take heed what you hear: : 
with what measure ye mete (distrib- 
ute or give out), it shall be measured 
to you; and unto you that hear shall 
more be given." (Mark 4:23-24). The 
more we hear, the more we can give 
out — like a sponge. 

So much can be said about the ■ 
music we hear. I realize many of you i 
seem to enjoy the jazz and popular 
songs of today. Sometime actually 
listen to the words, and see how mean- | 
ingless and unimportant they are. You i 
can realize there are -many, many bet- 
ter examples of music. If you want : 
to hear discordant sounds, listen to a i 
modern classical composer like Enesco i 
or Berlioz; if you want stately, ma- 
jestic sounds, turn to Haydn, Handel,; 
Beethoven or Bach; for lyrical songsJ 
listen to Grieg, Brahms, or a multi-J 
tude of others. Increase your recor 
collection with religious songs byj 
choirs or soloists who actually feel' 
and live a Christian life, instead of 
those performers who put on a sanc- 



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timonious appearance for a few min- 
utes while they sing. It is easy to 
listen to Christians, because they 
show they are exploring the depths. 
They sing with meaning, sincerity, 
and genuine pleasure. 

Too often our church music is much 
the same — we sang songs which have a 
selfish thought or a jazzy tune, and we 
are left with the realization that we 
have not glorified God. We know we 



are to honor God our heavenly Father 
much more than our earthly father, 
but why are we content to give less 
than our best? Perhaps you need to 
explore your hymn book to find the 
songs which praise God. If these 
hymns are new to you, practice them 
in a Brethren Youth or Sisterhood 
meeting, then in choir practice, prayer 
meeting, and Sunday School. As the 
hvmn becomes more familiar, increase 



the size of the group to sing it. By 
the time it is sung in morning wor- 
ship, many in the congregation will 
know it. 

Explore the depths of the music, 
the scripture reading and prayers, the 
sermons of your minister, the con- 
versations of friends, the television 
and radio programs. You have ears, 
so use them. 

Ashland, Ohio 



S. M. M. 



News 



"Hello!" I am report- 
ing for the Senior Sis- 
terhood of the First 
Brethren Church a t 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

We have thirteen ac- 
tive members in our 
group. Our patronesses 
are Mrs. Leo Minton 
and Mrs. Ralph Wolfe. 
The officers for this 
year are: Maxine Del- 
camp, president; Con- 
nie Pash, vice presi- 
dent; Nancy Kinnison, 
treasurer; Shirley Kinnison, secre- 
tary; and Wanda Huff, reporter. 

Other members are Georgia and 
Donna Pash, Nancy Delcamp, LaVern 




Deeter, Colleen Kinnison, Cindy Pres- 
ton, Sue Carey, Gloria Johnson, and 
three new members by promotion: 
Kathy Randall, Brenda Perry, and 



Ruth Ann Roetter. Enclosed is a pic- 
ture of some of the girls enjoying 
one of our "Kick-off" parties. 

Each month we remember a shut-in 
and have also written letters to mis- 
sionaries. In December we plan to go 
caroling and take cookies to the shut- 
ins and elderly people of our com- 
munity. 

Our pastor, Rev. Carl Barber, has 
given us instructions on time, talent, 
and tithes. 

We are working hard to meet all 
of our goals and want to reach them 
by the end of the year. 

Good bye and may God bless you. 
Wanda Huff, reporter. 
Pleasant Hill. Ohio. 



Poinfers from the Patroness 



Someone has made a survey of a 
thousand successful men to learn how 
they got their start in life. These 
men are not mere money-makers, but 
they are men who have made the 
world a better place by their work. 
This is how they got their start. Three 
hundred started as farmer's sons. Two 
hundred sold or carried newspapers. 
One hundred began as printers' ap- 
prentices. One hundred started woi-k- 
ing in factories. Fifty began at the 
bottom of railroad work. Fifty out of 
a thousand had well-to-do parents to 
give them a start. 



Mrs. Dolores Keplinger 

It is well to remember that a lazy 
person did not discover the telephone. 
And a lazy person did not learn to 
control steam. Have you started to 
roll bandages and make ulcer pads for 
the African hospitals ? This is the 
first part of Goal 6 and something 
that's lots of fun to do on a cold 
winter evening. Check the Evangelist 
for the address according to your dis- 
trict. 

The second part of goal 6 reads: 
Remember a shut-in each month. This 
may be done by sending a card or 



small gift or better still, a visit. I 
know of several societies who visit 
shut-ins on Sunday afternoons and 
spend some time reading from the 
Bible for the older folks who cannot 
read for themselves. I think this is 
an excellent idea. Perhaps your so- 
ciety would like to do this too. 

So let's get busy girls. Don't for- 
get your Bible reading. Only six short 
months left to complete our goals and 
tally up the scores. Let's invite new 
girls to share in the blessings you re- 
ceive from doing God's Will through 
SMM work. 



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"DEAR LORD AND FATHER OF MANKIND' 

Joyce K. Saylor 



OUR HYMN of the month is really 
a prayer, one of the most beau- 
tiful ever written. To fully appreciate 
it, one must know something of the 
author and the circumstances which 
prompted him to write the poem. 

The author was John Greenieaf 
Whittiei-, one of the chief American 
poets of the nineteenth century who 
wrote mostly of the New England 
country life. He was bom in 1807 
near Haverhill, Mass., and was reared 
on the farm which his first American 
ancestor, Thomas Whittier, had taken 
up and cleared in 1647. He loved 
the farm life, as is evidenced by so 
many of his poems, but he lacked the 
sturdy strength of his ancestoz-s and 
so did not become a farmer. His ed- 
ucation was typical of the boys of 
that day and later he earned, by 
shoemaking and teaching, two terms 
at the Haverhill Academy. He was 
the only one of the great American 
poets of that day who did not have 
a college education. 

All of the Whittier family were 
devout Quakers and, except for the 
Bible, books were scarce in the home. 
Young Whittier read all the poetry 
he could get hold of and wrote rhymes 
on his slate after the evening chores 
were done. At eighteen his first verses 
were published in the local newspaper, 
the Haverhill Gazette, of which he 
later became editor. He also became 
interested in politics and might have 
been elected to congress had he been 
older. 

According to Curtis Hidden Page 
his life now made a sudden change. 
"Both his literary and political am- 
bitions seemed to be once and for 
all sacrificed when, almost by a sort 
of religious conversion, he devoted 
himself to the abolition cause. The 
Abolitionists were at that time a 
small and persecuted band, despised 
by all 'respectable' people in church, 
state and university. They were, in 
fact, setting themselves in opposition 
to what was then the 'law of the land.' 
'He counted the cost with Quaker 
coolness of judgment,' says Pickard, 
'before taking a step that closed to 



him the gates of both political and 
literary advancement. He realized 
more fully than did most of the early 
abolitionists that the institution of 
slavery would not fall at the first 
blast of their horns. When he decided 
to enter upon this contest, he under- 
stood that his cherished ambitions 
must be laid aside. He took the step 
deliberately and after serious con- 
sideration.' What induced Whittier to 
take this step, even while realizing 
its cost so clearly, was an intense 
idealistic belief, a belief amounting 
almost to religious fervor, in the prin- 
ciple of universal liberty and equal- 
ity." 

For twenty years he gave poetical 
service in the cause of freedom, writ- 
ing such moving poems as his "Fare- 
well of a Virginia Slave-Mother." 
When at last he heard the bells ring 
out on the passage of the constitu- 
tional amendment abolishing slavery, 
he wrote "Laus Deo", the last stanza 
of which reads: 

Ring and swing, 
Bells of joy! On morning's wing 
Send the song of praise abroad! 
With the sound of broken chains 
Tell the nations that He reigns, 
Who alone is Lord and God! 

In the meantime Whittier was 
writing other poems, more enduring 
than the great amount of anti-slavery 
work, familiar examples being "Maud 
Muller", "The Barefoot Boy" and 
"Snow-Bound". A list of nearly one 
hundred hymns, taken from sixty dif- 
ferent poems, has been compiled, but 
those which have come into common 
use are about thirty. 

The hymns, taken from his earlier 
poems, written during the anti- 
slavery struggle, in which he took 
so prominent a part, are those which 
most emphasize the note of reform. 
Whittier's reputation as a poet has 
suffered with the eclipse of all the 
Victorian writers, but his fame as 
a hymn writer has stood the test of 
time better than of almost any other, 
in fact, if widespread and continued 
use of an author's hymns be the test, 



he would be ranked as the foremost 
of the nineteenth century. 

Although with the passing years 
his hymns have become more widely 
used, in his day the Quakers had no 
place for singing in their meetings for 
worship. Whittier wrote to his pub- 
lisher, James T. Fields, "I have just 
sent what I think is a hymn to T. S. 
King for the opening of his ner 'sttple 
house'. I really am not a hymn writer, 
for the very good reason that I know 
nothing of music. Only a few of my 
pieces were written for singing. A 
good hyjnn is the best use to which 
poetry can be devoted, but I do not 
claim that I have succeeded in com- 
posing one." Several of his tenderest 
and most beautiful hymns are taken 
from "My Psalm" (1859), "The Eter- 
nal Goodness" (1865) and "Our Mas- 
ter" (1866). 

Probably no hymn by Whittier is 
now more widely used and dearly 
loved than the one we study today. 

Dear Lord and father of mankind 
Forgive our fev'rish ways! 
Reclothe us in our rightful mind: 
In purer lives Thy service find. 
In deeper rev'rence, praise. 

In simple trust, like theirs who heard, 
Beside the Syrian sea. 
The gracious calling of the Lord, 
Let us, like them, without a word 
Rise up and follow Thee. 

O Sabbath rest by Galilee! 

calm of hills above. 

Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee ■ 

The silence of eternity, 

Interpreted by love! 

Drop Thy still dews of quietness. 

Till all our strivings cease: 

Take from our souls the strain and 

stress, 
And let our ordered lives confess 
The beauty of Thy peace. 

With that deep hush subduing all 
Our words and works that drown 
The tender whisper of Thy call, 
(Continued on page 19) 



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Planning 
Section 



Exploring the Depths . . . Through Greatness 

Sondra Borton 



EXPLORING the depths through 
greatness could become a ter- 
rifically vast topic. Therefore, for the 
purpose of simplicity, let us first dis- 
cuss what greatness really means or 
what it is and then we can be on 
more common ground as we explore 
the depths of it. Today, we have a 
tendency to use the word great so 
often that it has become quite trite. 
Everything seems to be just great. 

The dictionary says that greatness 
means something of much more than 
the ordinary. As in the case with the 
great persons mentioned here, great- 
ness involves persons who are illus- 
trious people showing outstanding no- 
bility of spirit, mind, and purpose. 
As a Biblical i-eference, let us turn 
to Matthew 5:19 where Jesus states 
that the person who does the com- 
mandments of God and teaches them 
is great in the kingdom of heaven. 
And so for the duration of this ar- 
ticle, let's combine these two ideas, 
one of greatness on earth and the 
other of greatness in heaven, and thus 
create a clearer concept of greatness 
for all of us. 

I am certain that if any one of us 
were asked to name some great peo- 
ple, we could produce quite a list. 
Would your list include such persons 
as evangelist Billy Graham, social 
worker and United Nations represen- 
tative Zelma George, charity worker. 
Dr. Tom Dooley, or ex-President 
Dwight D. Eisenhower? I am sure 
that mine would. But why? For an 
answer, let's investigate some of the 
essential components of greatness. 

Let us suppose that we have a huge 
wooden barrel of greatness sitting in 
front of us and that we are going 
to begin at the very top of the bar- 
rel and examine some of its contents 
more closely. The outermost step to 
greatness is a pleasing personality. 
Much of the first impression you make 
on people you meet is dependent upon 
your facial countenance and general 
appearance. From this standpoint, a 
smile and good grooming can really 
mean a lot. A pleasing personality al- 
so involves the ability to meet new 



people with ease and grace. When you 
sincerely desii'e to meet people, half of 
this battle is already won. Manners, 
tact, and general Christian behavior 
are other factors which help show 
your aptitude for greatness. 

Now that the first criteria of great- 
ness have been passed, let's dig down 
into the next layer and see what we 
find there. First impressions of new 
acquaintances begin to fade away and 
the real true you begins to show. 
However, we don't want the "me" of 
us showing too dominately. This next 
item of greatness involves being able 
to understand others and seeing the 
good in them as well as the bad. We 
need to have a genuine interest in 
being helpful and sincere in all that 
we say and do to those around us. 
Insincerity and false fronts have ab- 
solutely no room in the barrel of 
greatness. In taking this interest in 
those around us we must be certain 
that we practice a code of honor and 
remain trustworthy at all times. Noth- 
ing ruins a reputation of greatness 
any faster than gossiping away some 
information that a friend had im- 
parted to you in secret. If we are 
asked for confidential help, it must 
remain confidential or it is worthless. 

When this general attitude of re- 
spect is established between our 
friends and us, we are ready to move 
into the next layer in the barrel of 
gi-eatness — that of leadership. This is 
a hard quality to explain. There is so 
much to it, but yet it's hard to find 
adequate words to say anything about 
it. While ye know for certain that it 
is not an inborn quality, we also know 
that some people just seem to have 
it naturally and others never acquire 
it. The ability to lead involves many 
factors. First of all it involves being 
able to accept responsibility — ^being a 
person on which people know they can 
rely. Another necessity is the use of 
common sense, combined with a broad, 
open mind which is ready and waiting 
to see and to try to understand 
another person's point of view. Often 
a vast store of knowledge in many 
different areas is a requirement. Gen- 



erally, specialization in one or two 
fields is a ijrerequisite to leadership, 
but, more often than not, knowing a 
little bit about a lot of things is also 
very helpful. 

As we would say in slang, the 
leader needs to be a person with broad 
shoulders. As leaders, we must not 
only be able to accept responsibility 
as was mentioned before, but we must 
also be able to accept criticism — 
whether it be fair and constructive 
or unfair and degrading. The leader 
must have already developed an extra- 
ordinary sense of self-control. Always 
at the front of his mind, must be the 
best interest of the entire group. This 
often means that his own personal 
feelings and attitudes must be re- 
pressed. In general, to be leaders we 
must be the type of persons who prac- 
tically live for others. 

There are probably many other fac- 
tors that add to our ability to lead. 
However, we are going to mention 
just one other one here, and that is 
the quality of humility. Perhaps you 
have heard the saying that humble- 
ness is next to godliness. We might 
not wish to make humility that im- 
portant, but We can consider some of 
the things that the Bible says about 
being humble. "Humble yourselves 
therefore under the mighty hand of 
God, that he may exalt you in due 
time:" — this is the command and 
promise found in I Peter 5:6. In Prov- 
erbs 22:4, we find another promise for 
the humble — "By humility and the 
fear of the Lord are riches, and hon- 
our, and life." What more can be 
added? Humility is a necessary qual- 
ity of the successful leader in God's 
sight, and we all know how much 
more willing we are to follow a 
humble leader than a proud one. 
Therefore, by common demand of God 
and man, leadership must involve hu- 
mility. 

Now that we have examined much 
of the contents of the barrel of great- 
ness, let's take a closer look at the 
barrel itself. First of all, notice that 
in order to keep the contents of the 
(Continued on page 19) 



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Planning 
Section 



Signal Lights Program for February 

Prepared by MRS. ALBERTA HOLSINGER 



Prelude: "Stepping In the Light" 
Call to Worship: 

God is very near; 
We know that He will hear 
All our songs of love, 
Sung to our Father above. 
Sing: 

"God's Word" 

"Jesus Is Near" 

"Jesus Loves the Little Ones" 

"Even a Child" 
Bible Story: 

Andrew, A Friend of Jesus 

One day John the Baptist and two 
of his friends were talking when Je- 
sus went by. John looked at Jesus 
and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" 

The two friends followed Jesus. 

Soon Jesus turned around. "Why 
are you following Me?" He asked. 

"We want to know where you are 
staying," answered Andrew. 

"Come with Me and you will see," 
Jesus told the men. 

So they went with Jesus and visited 
with Him all day. They knew John 
the Baptist was right. Jesus was the 
Savior God had promised. 

Andrew wanted to share this won- 
derful news with others. The first 
one he thought of was his brother, 
Simon Peter. Quickly he ran to get 
him. 

"Peter! Peter!" he called. "We have 
found the Messiah. Come and talk 
with Him." 

Peter went with Andrew wonder- 
ing as they walked along if this man 
really was the Messiah. When Peter 
saw Jesus he knew his brother was 
right. This was the Savior God had 
promised. 

Andrew and his brother were two 
of the men who lived with Jesus and 
woi-ked with Him. Andrew saw Jesus 
heal the sick. He saw Him make sad 
people happy. He saw Jesus change 
a boy's lunch into food enough for 
five thousand people. He saw the 
winds and the waves obey when Je- 
sus said, "Be still!" 

Andrew was glad he had found the 
Savior. He was glad he had told Peter 
and others about Him. 

— Based on John 1:35-42. 
Hymn of the Month: 

"Stepping In The Light" 
Trying to walk in the steps of the 

Savior, 
Trying to follow our Savior and King; 



Shaping our lives by His blessed ex- 
ample, 

Happy, how happy, the songs that 
we bring. 

How beautiful to walk in the steps of 

the Savior, 
Stepping in the light. 
Stepping in the light; 
How beautiful to walk in the steps of 

the Savior, 
Led in paths of light. 

Andrew learned to walk in the 
steps of the Savior by living and 
working with Him. When we try each 
day to do the things we know Jesus 
wants us to do, we are trying to 
walk in His steps. 

Let's read the words of our hymn 
of the month together. Now let's 
listen to the music again, before we 
sing it. 

Memory Time: Genesis 1:1 

Our memory Scripture this month 
is Genesis 1:1. Let us say it to- 
gether. 

(Then have several children say it 
individually. Also spend some time 
reviewing Mark 12:30, Luke 2:11, 
Psalm 56:13 and Matthew 24:35.) 

Mission Story Time: 

There are still many people in our 
country and in lands across the sea 
who do not know about Jesus. We 
have missionaries in Argentina and 
Nigeria to tell the people about Je- 
sus. Other churches have sent mis- 
sionaries to other countries. Burma 
is one of these countries. Mah Bin 
was about as old as you are and 
lived in Bui-ma. Would you like to 
hear how she found out about Jesus ? 

The Story of Mah Bin 

"Mah Bin," said her mother, "I 
need some water for cooking the rice. 
Take the jar and get some from the 
spring. And go quickly for soon your 
father will be home." 

Mah Bin picked up the heavy jar. 
Down the path she ran, as fast as 
she could go. 

But poor Mah Bin! She ran too 
fast. She tripped over the root of 
a tree and down she fell. The jar 
went flying out of her hands. Even 
worse, she skinned her knee very 
badly. It hurt so much that Mah 



Bin just sat there in the path and 
cried. 

"Well! Well! What is the trouble?" 
said a kind voice. Mah Bin looked up. 
It was the missionary teacher from 
the mission school. Mah Bin never had 
talked to him before. But everyone 
said he was very good and kind, even 
to children. So Mah Bin was not 
afraid. 

With the tears rolling down her 
cheeks she pointed to her bleeding 
knee. "My knee!" she said. "It hurts!" 

"I should think it would hurt!" said 
the missionary. "But I can make it 
feel better." 

The kind missionary picked up Mah 
Bin in his arms and carried her over 
to the spring. He washed the hurt 
knee carefully with clean water. He 
put something on it to stop the hurt. 
Then he wrapped a clean bandage 
around it. 

How wonderful that seemed to Mah 
Bin. She never before had had on a 
bandage. Her tears were all dry now, , 
and the hurt was almost gone. 

Then the missionary filled the jar 
with water. He lifted Mah Bin with 
one arm and picked up the water jar. 

"Now I'm going to take you home," 
he said. 

So he carried Blah Bin back to her 
home. He said to Mah Bin's father 
and mother, "May Mah Bin come to 
my school ? If she will come, I will 
teach her how to read and write. She 
shall hear stories and learn to sing ; 
and have the very happiest time." 

So, as soon as her knee was well 1 
enough, Mah Bin went to the mission i 
school. There she learned to reae 
and write. There she learned abou' 
God, who cares for her and for hei 
little brother and all the other chil 
dren in her village, just as He care^ 
for you and me. She learned to sing'; 
and the song she liked the best was 
"Jesus Loves Me." The missionary, 
teacher told the most wonderful sto- 
ries! When it was Mah Bin's turn to 
choose the ones she iliked best, shet 
always said, "Tell about Jesus and 
how he helped sick people to be well." 
When the story was ended she would 
say, "I want to be like Jesus." 

Mah Bin studied so well in school 
that soon she was able to read for 
herself. She found the pages in the 
Bible that tell about Jesus making 



January 20, 1962 



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sick folks well, and she read them 
over and over and over again. 

When she had iinished all the 
grades in the mission school in her 
village, they sent her away to a high 
school. But of all the books Mah Bin 
read, the one she liked best was that 
which told about Jesus helping peo- 
ple. Mah Bin said: "I want to be like 
Jesus. I want to teach people about 
God's love and care. I want to make 
sick people well as Jesus did." 

Then she studied harder than ever, 
and at last she went to still another 
school. There she learned to be a doc- 
tor. 

Today, if you could visit Burma, 
you might meet Doctor Mah Bin go- 
ing into the little houses, or busy 
in her hospital helping others and 
healing them. She teaches the people 
about God. She cares for all the 
bumps and bruises and sicknesses of 
evei-y boy and girl she can find. She 
is helping them, too, to learn of Je- 
sus who loves them. 

S'ng: "Jesus Loves Me" (Sing the 
chorus in English, Hausa, and Span- 
ish) 

Friendship Circle of Prayer: 

Let us thank God for the mission- 
aries in all countries. Let us ask Him 
to help these missionaries tell the peo- 
ple of Jesus. 

Poem: (to be read by a Signal Light) 
"Our Thoughts Go Round the World" 

Our thoughts go round the world 

To children everywhere 

So much of joy is ours; 

God, Help us to love and share. 

This world, our home is big. 
But not too big to be 
A place where friendliness. 
Dear God, makes us one family. 
— Jessie E. Moore 
Business : 

1. Roll Call: tell what you did with- 
out this month. 

2. Check Bible Reading. 

3. Remember our project: Help Ar- 
gentina Hear. 

4. A birthday to remember: Steve 
Byler will be eleven years old on 
March 19. 

Handwork: Sailboats 

Give each child an eight inch square 
of paper. 

Andrew was a flshei-man. His boat 
was a sailboat. Today we will make 
a paper sailboat. 

(Patronesses: Practice this aliead of 
time so you can do it with the chil- 
dren.) 



Place your paper on the table in 
front of you. Fold the bottom right 
hand corner to the top left hand cor- 
ner. 

Fold the bottom left hand corner 
to the top left hand comer. 

Fold the top right hand corner to 
the top left hand corner. 

Turn the paper over the open point 
at the top. Fold the two loose points 
to the bottom point. 

Fold the bottom points under ap- 
proximately one inch. This will make 
a base and the boat will stand up. 
Signal L"ghts' Benediction: Dear Sa- 
vior, help us to be Signal Lights for 
Thee shining in the dark places of 
the world. Amen. 



Signal L'ghts' Fun At Home: 

A Jig Saw Puzzle Game ' 

Find four pictures of Bible stories. 
Look on the 1961 calendars and on 
old Sunday School papei-s. 

Cover the back of each picture with 
paste. Paste the pictures on card- 
board. 

Then cut each picture into twelve or 
fifteen pieces. Put each set of pieces 
into separate envelopes. 

Now see how quickly you can put 
each picture together and tell the 
story about it. 

Perhaps some of your family would 
like to play this puzzle gamie with 
you. 



"EXPLORING THE DEPTHS 
. . THROUGH GREATNESS" 

(Continued from page 17) 

barrel from spilling out and getting 
lost, or into the wrong places, the 
barrel must remain in an upright po- 
sition with the opening pointed toward 
heaven. Next, let's consider the physi- 
cal structure of the harrel. The staves 
of the barrel which we shall liken 
unto just plain hard work are the 
means of holding all the contents in- 
tact. Then around the staves, hold- 
ing them in place, are the iron hoops 
which we will think of as discipline 
— those rules laid down by our re- 
ligious beliefs, our society, and our 
own judgment. 

Then we come to the most impor- 
tant part of the whole ban-el — the 
foundation. Just as the bottom sup- 
ports the rest of the baiTel and its 
contents, our foundation of faith and 
belief in God upholds everything that 
we are. Were it not for the fact that 
the barrel is firmly held together by 
its base, it would be worthless. And 
so it is with our deeper qualities of 
greatness; if they are not strongly 
supported by the One and Only Foun- 
dation, then they too become useless. 
How long has it been since you have 
checked your barrel for small imper- 
fections that might someday lead to 
larger losses ? 

Greatness is a quality desired by 
many but successfully acquired by 
few. Examine the depths of those we 
consider to be great; compare their 
depths with our own, and then, with 
the help of the Lord, let us strive to 
improve our own barrels of greatness. 
Ashland College. 



"DEAR LORD AND FATHER 
OF MANKIND" 

(Continued from page 16) 

As noiseless let Thy blessing fall 
As fell the manna do\^^l. 

Not infrequently much of the 
deeper significance of the hymns is 
lost for those who do not know the 
context from which they are taken. 
This poem is said to have been writ- 
ten after a particularly noisy and dis- 
tasteful revival held in Whittier's 
neighborhood. The first part of the 
poem is written in a sarcastic vein, 
comparing the actions carried on in 
the meeting with heathen rites, but 
the latter half is given to this beau- 
tiful prayer asking for forgiveness. 

In Whittier's "An Autograph" he 
says of himself: 

Hater of din and riot 
He lived in days unquiet; 
And, lover of all beauty. 
Trod the hard ways of duty. 

How well these words describe the 
conditions of our day and, as Sister- 
hood girls, facing the uncertainties 
of the future, we should pray as 
Whittier did: 

In simple trust, like theirs who heard. 
Beside the Syrian sea. 
The gracious calling of the Lord, 
Let us, like them, without a word 
Rise up and follow Thee. 

Warsaw, Indiana. 



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Program for 
February 1962 



The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Topic: "WHAT IS PRAYER?" 

Scripture Reading: Matt. 6:1-15; Heb. 4:16 

Hymns: "Sweet Hour of Prayer", "I Am Praying For 
You" 

Leader's Opening Remarls;s: 

The answer to the topic tonight will be only partly 
given, because prayer is a mystery. "God created man 
in His own image because He wanted someone in His 
own likeness to love, and to love Him in return. Although 
Sin has marred the image, God longs to talk to His chil- 
dren in the garden of love. For that purpose He insti- 
tuted the mystery of prayer. Every believer therefore 
should 'draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace' " 
Heb. 4:16. 

Discuss these in your meeting: 

1. Invocation, address and veneration of the Father, 
IWatt. 6:9 

2. Thanksgiving, acknowledgement of benefits, Phil. 4: 
6; Col. 4:2 

3. Confession, acknowledgement of sin, Psalm 51:2-4; 
Luke 11:4 

4. Supplication, humble entreaty, Dan. 9:16-19 

5. Petition, asking for definite things. Matt. 7:11; 21:22 

6. Intercession, prayer for others, John 17:6-26; 14:16 

7. Ascription, giving God the glory, Rom. 11:33-36; 
16:27; Jude 24-25; Eph. 3:21; Phil. 4:20; I Tim. 1:17; Rev. 
7:12 

(The leader will assign topics to laymen and have as 
many scripture references as needed. All laymen should 
look these up and study them.) Comment. Too many of 
God's people seem to think prayer is only to be used when 
we get into trouble. Jesus used all of the above seven 
elements in His short "Our Father" prayer. 

Question: How should believers' prayers be offered? 

Answer: Believers' prayers should be offered, 

(a) to the Heavenly Father. John 16:23; Matt. 6:6; 
Eph. 5:20. It is noteworthy that Jesus offered His prayers 



to the Father. And He instructed His disciples to do like- 
wise. There is access to the Father through the Son. 
John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:24. 

(b) with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit- 
was sent from the Father at the request of the Son. "Iff 
ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray thel 
Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that! 
He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth;§ 
whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him ' 
not, neither knoweth him; for he dwelleth with you, and 
shall be in you." John 14:15-17. Read Romans 8:15 and . 
26. This scripture plainly tells us the Holy Spirit prompts 
to earnest prayer. 

Question: Are all prayers answered? 

Answer: Jesus said, "Every one that asketh, receiveth' 
Matt. 7:8, 11. 

The promise is that every one making a request will 
receive. It may not be in the way of the request, but 
in the way of divine wisdom. Rom. 11:33. Sometimes a 
definite NO is the best answer to a prayer request, and 
a definite YES would be harmful. God delays His answers 
also, to prepare the way as well as the suppliant, for 
greater blessings than asked for. The question arises, 
why are some ijetitions denied ? There are several rea- 
sons given (Page 119 — Our Faith). We cannot elaborate 
on them all here. Because they are not made according 
to God's will. Lack of faith, wrong motives, James 4:3; 
John 3:22. Because of the wrong spirit toward others and 
BECAUSE OP CODDLED SIN IN THE LIFE. 

Topic: What is Prayer? 

Ps. 66:18; James 5:16 — ^Coddled sin in the life is one 
of the greatest drawbacks; often one harbors a pet sin 
which shuts him off from effectual prayer. "The whole 
subject of prayer should be studied, it should be ana 
lyzed and meditated upon. The resources of God are al 
most untouched. He is able to do 'exceeding abundantly 
above all that we ask or think'. 'Things which the eye 
saw not, and the ear heard not, and which entered not 
into the heart of man, whatsoever things God prepared 
for those that love him.' The storehouse is full! The giver,, 
is willing! We have not learned to appropriate." 

In closing it is well to remember that man was alienated 
from God, by the sin of Adam. And he is reconciled to 
God by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ our Lore 
and Saviour. The closer we live in Him, the greatei 
the blessings will be. 



lanuary 20, 1962 



Page Twenty-one 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATrONS 

SECOND BRETHREN LAYMEN 
JOHNSTOWN, PA. 

We had our regular monthly meeting on November 
1.4, 1961 at the parsonage with Rev. Charles Lowmaster 
IS host. We had our election of officers for the coming 
year as follows: President — Austin Shumaker; Vice Presi- 
lent — Oi-val Boyer; Secretary — David Thomas; Treasurer 
— Percy Constable; Corresponding Secretary — Leroy 
Boyer. 

The Laymen of the church have held quite a few work 
lays during the past few months, and have finished the 
;-enovations to the basement and the baptistry. The front 
)f the baptistry is cut stone, and the back wall is natural 
jtone and made to resemble a waterfall. In October we 
lad our Father and Son Banquet, and it was enjoyed by 
dl. 

Corresponding Secretary, 
Leroy H. Boyer. 



Married Couples Class purchased two sets of aluminum 
numbers and letters. 

Enclosed picture shows the completed bulletin board 
and as many Laymen and class members as could be 
gathered together at the time. 

Also wish to report on a combined Class meeting. Lay- 
men and Boys' Brotherhood meeting held December 15, 
1°61, the Laymen being host to the Brotherhood. 

Comments on several articles in the Evangelist were 
made by several Laymen after which the pastor sum- 
marized the topics discussed. 

A male quartet rendered two numbers followed by 
singing of Christmas carols. 

Also viewed two films of current news events and ed- 
ucational programs of national scope interspersed by sev- 
eral quiz games. 

All in all everyone present had an enjoyable evening. 
We closed the meeting by distributing a gift to each boy 
present. 

Respectfully submitted, 
George Irvin, 
John Golby. 



"HAVE GROUP, WILL WORK" 




'~~^iiifiii|!f^ " 




For the past several years, we of the Third Brethren 
Church have been toying, this being the proper word, 
nth a pet project, a new bulletin board. 

It was passed from one group to another but for one 
eason or another was never really undertaken seriously 
,nd carried to a successful conclusion. 

We have a unique, at least different arrangement than 
lost churches, in that we have combined the Laymen's 
)rganization with the Men's Lookout Bible Class hold- 
ng regularly scheduled meetings each month which meets 
ur Laymen's goals and class objectives. This arrangement 
s working out very well although there are still a few 
links or bugs yet to be ironed out. 

Several months ago, after considerable discussion, this 
ombined group decided to take the bull by the horns, 
to speak, and erect a new bulletin board since the 
Id one had long ago served its purpose. 

Committees were appointed which went directly to work 
eclaring a bulletin board work day on several successive 
iaturdays and getting a fine response from the Laymen 
nd Class members. 

All the work was of course voluntary and gratis, the 
material was financed by free-will donations. The Young 



NEWS BITS 

(capsule form) 



Memo from "MEMO" of Field Secretary, John W. Porte: 
"National Laymen's Program ... The material program 
is hitting at a dire need in assisting the Seminary Im- 
provement Program through the library development. 

The spiritual program is following and could well 
parallel the Woman's Missionary Society as we men need 
education in the Mission of the Church, as well as Mis- 
sionary Education: 

Last year, 1960, 13 of our churches gave nothing to 
Home Missions and to Church Extension, while 5 gave 
nothing to World Missions. Also, 45 Churches gave less 
than $100.00 each to Home Missions and 30 gave less 
than $100.00 to World Missions." 

TEST YOURSELF. ..Try NOT LOOKING AROUND 

when another person enters late into the worship service 
in which you're supposed to be engaged. The temptation 
is great, but try. "Curiosity killed a cat" and it can de- 
rail your train of thought. Don't let yourself be diverted 
from the focal point of the meeting. 

A SCIENTIST SPEAKS 
(by permission. . .The Civic Forum) 

At last someone besides a radical prohibitionist strikes 
a hard blow at alcohol. A noted California psychologist 
recently issued a statement to the effect that acute al- 
coholism has reached an alarming stage in the United 
States because the medical profession has failed to re- 
alize that liquor "is a narcotic drug and not a stimulant." 

Dr. Karl M. Bowman, superintendent of the Langley 
Porter Psychiatric Clinic of San Francisco, has gone on 
record as saying that "alcohol should be considered along 
with other narcotic drug addictions, such as opium." Dr. 
Bowman concluded his statement by declaring that: 

"Alcohol is the cause of more crimes of violence and 
more serious automobile accidents and it produces more 
suffering and misery in our country than all narcotic 
drugs put together." 



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The Brethren Evangelist , 



B rethren 
Youth 
^usaders 



(EMitor's Note: The following ar- 
ticle is the message presented to the 
National Youth Conference, August. 
1961 by the retiring president, Richard 
Winfield.) 



PREPARING FOR THE EVIL DAY 

Part II 
Richard Winfield 



"THE DAY OP TRIBULATION." 

But there is yet another evil day 
which may face each of us, and that 
is the DAY OF TRIBULATION— 
that is, the day when things aren't 
all rosey and nice as they are today. 
This is the day of suflfering and hard- 
ship; or perhaps of torture, pain and 
death. 

Jesus did not promise us that in our 
Christian journey we would have life 
easy and that we would float to 
heaven on flowery beds of ease. In 
fact He had quite a bit to say about 
the hardships, the crosses we vi'ould 
bear. 

Consider the lives — or, more prop- 
erly, the deaths of the apostles. Ac- 
cording to tradition there was only 
one of them who dies a natural death, 
and he did so only after seiwing a 
period of banishment on the lonely 
island of Patmos. All the others were 
either crucified, beheaded, flayed to 
death, shot by arrows, or in some 
other way martyred for the cause of 
Christ. 

Or listen to what the book of He- 
brews says about some of the other 
great Christians of old — Verses 36-38 
of Chapter 11. The Christian life will 
not be easy when the day of tribu- 
lation comes. 

There are two ways in which such 
tribulation comes, which I want to 
consider. 

The first of these and perhaps the 
worst is when it seems that God Him- 
self has forsaken the individual. This 
was the case for Job. Job was a right- 



eous man — the Bible says so. And 
yet Job suff'ered terribly. His family 
was killed, his possessions destroyed 
or stolen, his body sorely afflicted 
with boils — and as if this wasn't bad 
enough, his friends called him a sin- 
ner and his wife could do nothing but 
nag. Yet in all this Job would not 
turn from God, but put his trust in 
the Almighty. How many of us if 
we suffered so would still call up- 
on the name of the Lord ? Which of 
us shows as much strength of spirit 
if we suff'er a common headache? 

Let us turn to the second kind of 
tribulation which we may face, that 
of persecution for righteousness' sake. 

We are lucky that in America we 
have freedom to worship and can be 
outright Christians without much fear 
of being persecuted beyond the level 
of a little ridicule. But it may not 
always be so, and with the present 
advance of Communism our peace and 
security may vanish very quickly. 

Those Christians who live in Com- 
munist-infested countries have found 
this to be the case. I read recently 
of a young Christian Korean boy who 
was taken by the Communists. He 
told of some of the atrocities he saw 
performed; — men tied to the floor and 
their tongues pulled out as far as 
they would go and even farther and 
then nailed to the floor. A woman 
beaten to death. Just pick up a book 
written by a Christian from a Com- 
munist country and read these things 
for yourself. If we get into a war — 
and the chances for such look very 



good — we may endure such sufferinj j 
sooner than we would like to thinM* 

Again the question must be raised:! 
how will you stand up under suchi 
persecution ? Will you deny Christ and( 
save your hide. Jesus said that ii 
we deny Him, He will also deny u^ 
before His Father in heaven. Or will 
you stand firm ? You can only do'i 
this if you have the strength of God^t 
within you, sustaining you. And againi 
I would add that this isn't something t 
you get on the spur of the moment, i 
It comes as a fruit of consecrated re- 
lationship to God in Christ Jesus — | 
through "Exploring the Depths" of | 
our relationship to God. 

THREE EVIL DAY'S— each equally . 
f orebidding to the Christian. The day i 
of temptation, the day of the test- I 
ing of your faith, and the day of i\ 
tribulation. Will you be able to face ' 
.one or all of them ? 

By way of conclusion, I don't think 
any better suggestion can be made 
for withstanding the evil days than I 
that given by Paul in the 6th chapteKii 
of Ephesians. -I 

Leam and know the truth. 

Be righteous. 

Know and have the gospel of peace. 

Have the shield of faith, 

The assurance of salvation, 

The word of God— the Bible, 

And finally pray always. These are 
the necessary requirements. And one 
final word — remember the words of 
Solomon. Remember now thy Creator 
— now. in the days of youth — so you 
may be prepared for the evil day. 



Fanuary 20, 1962 

New Lebanon Signs In 

The Junior Youth group got off to 
a good start this fall after being 
inactive over the summer months. 
They met with the Seniors and Jr. 
Hi Groups for a Youth Round-Up in 
the parsonage yard. Many weiners 
were consumed and so were marsh- 
mallows that were roasted. 

Just before darkness fell complete- 
ly, Rev. Bader led the group in song 
and had an interesting Bible quiz. 

We have a youth board this year 
and they are a great help to us. Our 
advisors this year are Mrs. Shirley 
North and Mrs. Jean Rogers. 

We engaged in a Bible Drill and 
challenged names that were on a 
Christmas tree, each trying to reach 
the top. 

A Yuletide Christmas was held on 
December 27th when we had a Bible 
Drill, Devotions, Baking Contest and 
games. 



ALL POINTS WEST 

Brethren Youth Director, Marlin 
McCann; Field Secretary, John Porte; 
and Mission Board Secretary, Clay- 
ton Berkshire began their trip west 
on January 10. 

The Youth station wagon groaned 
out of Ashland, all loaded down with 
equipment, luggage and people headed 
for the California District Conference 
and churches along the way. They 
were featured on the California Con- 
ference program and in the various 
churches are presenting a steward- 
ship program in all areas of church 
life. 

This trip that began on January 
10 will not be over until the wagon, 
equipment, luggage and people drag 
back into Ashland on about February 
5. 

The itinerary of the travelers will 
take them to: 

Milledgeville, Illinois 

Lanark, Illinois 

Carleton, Nebraska 

Cheyenne, Wyoming 

California District Conference 

Tucson, Arizona 

Phoenix, Arizona 

Mulvane, Kansas 

Ft. Scott, Kansas 

Falls City, Nebraska 

Waterloo, Iowa 



Page Twenty-three 



"Mo-gi-yon" 




ARIZONA BALL PLAYERS 




RETREATERS 

That's how it's said! The location of the Arizona retreat, that is. On 
October 13, 14, 15 the youth retreat of the Papago Park Church was held 
under the cool pines of the Mogollon Rim. In the background of "Arizona 
Ball Players" picture you see the cool pines and just beyond that is the Rim 
which reaches 250 miles across Arizona. 

Two cabins were rented and one was used for the Mess Hall. Discus- 
sion groups, hikes, athletics and campfires were on the schedule. 

Possibilities are now being investigated for using the area as the sum- 
mer camp location for Arizona. 

Picture "Retreaters" shows the entire gi-oujj in front of the log cabin. 
Thirteen young people and their advisors attended. 

It is not like summer now in most of our areas now but we have excel- 
lent winter weather for a retreat. You can sled, skate, ski, toboggan, snow- 
ball fight, tramp in the snow — plenty to keep you busy. Then there are the 
periods of thought and discussion on pertinent problems and always those 
meal times! Consider it seriously and plan well. 

Or perhaps you leaders and advisors should have a retreat to plan where 
you are going in the youth program of your church. This is an excellent time 
to think and plan seriously, have moments of meditation, prayer and spir- 
itual uplift so you can do a better job also. Just think, there would be no 
telephones to interrupt, no neighboring children running in and out or work 
schedules to maintain. Sound good? it is! 

Maybe you should be planning for summer camp too. Those responsible 
for the training and conduct of summer campers should be preparing NOW 
for those summer weeks that will come all too soon if you are not fully pre- 
pared. 

A retreat could make the difference between success and failure of your 
summer camp or local church youth program! 



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Missionary Board 4 

Daily Devotions — February 8-14 6 

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SUPPOSE! 

Suppose your church membership was limited to 
fifty members. Would you be in or out? 

Suppose you had to run for church membership 
as a candidate runs for a political office. Would 
you win or lose? 

Suppose that memberships were good for one 
year and that re-election depended upon the good 
you had done during that time in the church. Would 
you be re-elected or not? 

Suppose that every member of the church did 
as much for the church as you are doing. Would 
more seats be needed or would the doors be shut 
and nailed? 

Suppose that the church had this set of rules: 
All dues must be paid in advance; regular attend- 
ance at all services required, sickness being the only 
excuse accepted; each member must serve in one 
of the following capacities: Sunday school teacher, 
member of the church board, participating in some 
other form of organized church work. How long 
could you qualify? 

— Selected. 



PRAYER is a trellis, supporting the vines and 
flowers of the spirit, as they climb heavenward, 
consisting of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentle- 
ness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. 



EVOLUTION 

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree 
Discussing things as 'they are said to be. 
Said one to the others, "Now listen you two, 
There's a certain rumor that can't be true. 
That man descended from our noble race. 

No monkey ever deserted his wife, 
Starving her babies and ruining her life. 
And you've never known a mother monk. 
To leave her babies with others to bunk; 
Or pass them on from one to the other 
Till they scarcely know who is their mother. 

And another thing you'll never see 

A monk build a fence around a coconut ti-ee, 

And let the coconuts go to waste 

Forbidding all other monks a taste. 

Why, if I'd put a fence around a tree, 

Starvation would force you to steal from me. 

Here's another thing a monk won't do — 
Go out at night and get on a stew. 
Or use a gun or club or knife 
To take some other monkey's life. 
Yes, man descended — the ornery cuss, 
But, brothers, he didn't descend from us. 



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The Brethren Layman 

(Brotherhood Program for February) 20 

The Brethren Youth 22 



January 27, 1962 



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itor's 






M 



ANY STUDIES of the hu- 
man hand have been made. 
Our objective here is to suggest 
something which as Christians, 
we can do to help the cause of 
Christ and our fellowmen 
through the use of our talents 
and powers which God has given 
to us. 

Christ did many wonderful 
things through the use of His 
hands. 

IN HEALING— Consider the 
little girl of whom it was said 
that she was dead. Jesus took 
her hand in His and she arose. 
Or the young lad who was pos- 
sessed of a dumb spirit. Jesus 
took his hand, lifted him up and 
he was healed. The instances 
are many in the Scriptures 
where Jesus laid His hands up- 
on the sick, bringing healing to 
them. 

IN BLESSING — The laying 
on of hands has always been a 
symbol of blessing. It was so 
when the Lord laid His hands 
upon the little children, bless- 
ing them and saying, "Of such 
is the kingdom of heaven." Like- 
wise the Lord brought blessing 
upon the disciples gathered with 
Him in the final moments of 
His walk with them just prior 
to His ascension into heaven. 
The Christ with uplifted hands, 
in blessing, is a familiar picture 
to all of us. 

IN PROVISION— At the time 
when our Lord was concerned 



about the welfare of the thou- 
sands who had journeyed into 
the wilderness to hear Him ex- 
pound on eternal truth, we note 
that He took the five loaves and 
the two fishes, and after having 
prayed a blessing upon them, 
broke them and gave to His dis- 
ciples to distribute to the mul- 
titude. At the Last Supper, 
Christ took bread, blessed it, 
brake it and gave to His dis- 
ciples ; likewise the cup of bless- 
ing. In reality, our prayer, "Give 
us this day our daily bread", 
demonstrates that we look to 
His hand of provision for our 
daily needs. 

IN SACRIFICE— To see the 

Christ upon the cross of Calvary 
is to see Him nailed to the cross 
with nails through His hands 
and feet. Yes, the hands of the 
Christ were pierced in His hour 
of suffering as the innocent 
Lamb of God for the sin of man. 
In brief, these are some of 
the uses to which our Lord put 
His hands while He was here 
upon the earth. Since His re- 
turn to the Father, He has 
trusted in the commissioned 
hands of His devoted followers 
of each generation to do His 
work upon earth. The Lord said 
upon one occasion, "Greater 
works shall ye do because I go 
to my Father." By this He 
meant that His followers of each 
generation would do a greater 
volume of works, spread out 
over more territory, reaching 
more people than He was able to 



do in a few short years and in 
a relatively few square miles of 
territory. 

That has been the story of 
the Christian church through 
the ages. The Helping Hand has 
been the hand of Christ in in- 
dividuals dedicated to Him. Ev- 
eryone of us needs the helping 
hand of our brother or sister. 
Everyone of us can be a help- 
ing hand to others. 

Sometimes coldness, division, 
lack of progress, and lack of 
spirituality and growth exist in 
a church because people are go- 
ing through the motions of 
Christian practice with their 
hands in their pockets. Many 
kind deeds and helpful acts are 
left undone because of our at- 
titude towards those in need or 
because we are not fully in ac- 
cord with the proposed program. 
These things need not to be. 

Progress in the church and in 
Christian growth will always be 
hindered until the day when we 
who have been redeemed 
through the work of our Lord 
are fully willing to use the help- 
ing hand for others in the name 
of Christ. 

If we have not yet done so, 
let us dedicate our hands to the 
Lord, ripping out any undesir- 
able weeds from our spiritual 
life, and thereby become a great 
blessing to others. Let us make 
our hands the Helping Hands 
of the Lord so that His great 
mission around the world and in 
our own local churches might 
rapidly be advanced. W. S. B. 



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REPORTING FROM NIGERIA 

Part II 



Christian Literature 

During the past year the church 
decided to take the responsibility for 
the literature program. The literature 
secretary is now chosen by the Dis- 
trict Council. A new study series in 
three languages for people who have 
already been baptized has been com- 
pleted. 

An unusual feature of the year was 
the work of the Gospel Recording 
team. Two women spent a month 
making recordings of songs and 
talks in twelve of the local vernacu- 
lars. Records are being made for 
general distribution at a greatly sub- 
sidized rate. Small phonographs are 
also available at a low price. These 



records will be used for evangelistic 
work. 

Three colporteurs work full time 
selling materials to schools, churches 
and in markets. Other men who have 
full-time positions elsewhere, keep a 
small supply of books in their homes. 
In most areas sales are increasing. 
Sunday School lessons and a booklet 
of daily devotlonals are distributed on 
a regular subscription basis. Interest 
of the church and community is high 
and the people are eager for printed 
helps in the church work and for 
general reading materials. We must 
view with grave concern the fact 
that our production of litei-ature is 
not meeting the demand, for we feel 
that we should be encouraging peo- 



Rowsey Deputation Work 



The John Rowsey family has 
been in the States since Christmas 
time and are now getting settled 
in the Missionary Home at 1014 
Grant Street. These few weeks 
have been full of activity for the 
Rowseys as they visited in Sara- 
sota, Fla. and Berlin, Pa. before 
coming to Ashland. And too, Mrs. 
Rowsey gave birth to a baby girl 
on New Year's day which added to 
the excitement. John reports thai 
his family is well and that Susie 
and Skipper have welcomed Valerie 
Jean with great enthusiasm. 

John is bu.sy at the moment en- 
rolling for the second semester al 
Ashland College where he will 



complete his studies and graduate 
in June of this year. Because of 
his school schedule, John's deputa- 
tion work will be limited. He will 
not be able to make any lengthy 
trips but will try to be of ser- 
vice in the immediate area. 

We would like to report that 
John will definitely be attending 
the District Conferences this sum- 
mer and will be available for 
speaking engagements at the va- 
rious sessions. We urge you to 
write to John directly in request- 
ing dates and making arrange- 
ments. However, please be under- 
standing if the Rowseys are un- 
able to grant your wishes. 



pie to an extent which is in advance 
of their demand. 
Youth Brigades 

The Girls' Life Brigade Is a great 
force for developing Christian char- 
acter and a powerful force for evan- 
gelism. A girl must attend a Bible ~ 
class twice a week in order to be a 
member of the group. Thus many 
non-Christian girls receive their first 
glimpse of Christ through this pro- 
gram. Considering the general awak- 
ening which Is coming to the girls 
of this area the Girls' Life Brigade 
may be a tremendous influence on 
the social as well as the spiritual 
level. 

There are approximately 300 girls 
eni-olled in this program. Many com- 
munities are asking for Brigades, but 
thei-e are not enough officers to di- 
rect them and a new company can- 
not exist without an officer in charge. 
The officer requirements are high and 
we have only a small number of 
Nigerian girls who can qualify. Two 
officers' training courses were held 
during the year. 

The Boys' Brigade has had a con- 
stant but not spectacular growth. 
There are two main reasons for this. 
First, the Boys' Brigade is probably 
the most indigenous program in our 
area. The organizer is the only non- 
African working with the program. 
It Is functioning only where there 
is local Interest. The second reason 
is the fact that there is a dearth 
of trained leadership. 

Boys' Brigade training is now a 
part of the Bible School curriculum. 
Therefore, the graduating students 
will be able to organize companies in 
their local communities. We anticipate 
considerable growth in this program 
in the near future. 



January 27, 1962 Page Five 

ADDRESSES AND BIRTHDAYS OF OUR MISSIONARIES 



PAP.A'W'^V 




THE BYLERS 

Rob, Jane, Susan, David, Stephen, Elizabeth, Rebecca 

Birthdays: Rob, June 24; Jane, December 2; Susie, July 31, 1946; David, 

September 6, 1949; Stevie, March 19, 1951; Betsy, June 24, 1955; 

Becky, January 11, 1958. 
Write to us at: O'Higgins 3162-68, Buenos Aires 29, Argentina. 

THE SOLOMONS 

Ken, Jeanette, Timothy, Rebecca 

Birthdays: Ken, September 11; Jeanette, July 17; Tim, February 18, 

1956; Becky, February 27, 1958. 
Write to us at: Amenabar 273 (Santa Fe), Rosario, Argentina. 

THE ROWSEYS 

John, Regina, Susan, Philip, Valerie 

Birthdays: John, November 28; Regina, May 11; Susie, May 11, 1955; 

Skipper, June 19, 1958; Valerie, January 1, 1962. 
(Now on furlough), residing at: The Shively Missionary Home, 1014 

Grant St., Ashland, Ohio. 



DEAR READERS: 

Please clip this information and file for your own use. So many 
of you write for this information. Here it is in a nutshell. 

JR 



THE BISCHOFS 

Robert, Beatrice, Barbara, Bobby 

Birthdays: Bob, March 5; Bea, March 19; Bar- 
bara, April 22, 1956; Robert, February 21, 1959. 

Write to us at: C. B. M. Mbororo, P.O. Mubi, 
Northern Region, Nigeria, West Africa. 



THE SHANKS 

Glenn, Jean, Donna, Dennis 

Birthdays: Glenn, July 16; Jean, December 14; 

Dennis, December 15, 1953; Donna, August 13, 

1956. 
(on medical furlough at this time), residing at: 

622 Chestnut St., Ashland, Ohio. 

THE KRAFTS 

Charles, Marguerite, Charles, Jr., Cheryl, Richard, 
Karen 

Birthdays: Chuck, July 15; Meg, November 8; 
Chuckle, June 8, 1955; Cheryl, June 8, 1955; 
Ricky, October 14, 1958; Karen, May 22, 1961. 

(The Krafts are now on a one-year leave of ab- 
sence), residing at: 544 Spindle Hill Rd., Wol- 
cott 16, Connecticut. 




Pase Six 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Daily 



Devotions 



(Jeneral Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for February — "OF GOD'S CARE" 

Writer for February — MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 
February 8th through 14th — "For His Chosen People" 



February 8, 1962 
Read Scripture: Genesis 12:1-7 

Scripture Verse: And I will make 
of thee a great nation, and I will 
bless thee, and make thy name great; 
and thou shalt be a blessing: and I 
will bless them that bless thee, and 
curse him that curseth thee: and in 
thee shall all families of the earth 
be blessed. Genesis 12:2, 3. 

In a recent study of the Bible, I 
read that one of the most common 
errors made by people in their read- 
ing of the Bible, is the error of as- 
suming that the men and women 
mentioned in the Book, and the events 
about which they read in the Book 
were "out of this world." 

It is important to keep in mind 
that the men and women about whom 
we read in the Bible wex'e just as 
real as we are: lived in the same 
world in which we live. 

But still we ask — how could Abra- 
ham have such faith? Do I know of 
an individual living today exercising 
such faith? 

Abraham's faith led him to obe- 
dience which kept him in the loving 
care and protection of his Heavenly 
Father. 

The Day's Thought 

We cannot e.xpect the blessings of 
God without first exercising faith and 
obedience in our lives. 

February 9, 1962 
Read Scripture: Genesis 28: 1-16 

Scripture Verse: Behold, I am with 
thee, and will keep thee in all places 
whither thou goest. Gen. 28:15. 

The personalities of the Old Tes- 
tament were not great because of 
great things they did, certainly not 
because of their sinlessness, and not 
because they did not make mistakes 
— everyone of them made mistakes, 
and every one of them was guilty of 
some sin or other. They were great 



because they wei-e faithful when God 
called them. They did the work that 
He had for them to do. 

These words were spoken to Jacob 
and again God is promising His lov- 
ing care to this chosen one, whose 
name later was changed to Israel. 

God does not only work through a 
nation collectively; He does not only 
work through a big church or a big 
Sunday School; He woi-ks through 
individual men and women who are 
faithful in their work. 

The Day's Thought 

Regardless of how small or how 
great the task I am asked to do for 
thee, help me to be faithful. 

February 10, 1962 
Read Scripture: Numbers 9:15-23. 

Scripture Verse: For the cloud of 
the Lord was upon the tabernacle by 
day, and fire was on it by night in 
the sight of all the house of Israel, 
throughout all their journeys. Exodus 
40:38. 

The cloud was a \dsible token of 
God's special presence and guardian 
care of the Israelites. The cloud tar- 
ried long upon the tabernacle, then 
Israel kept the charge of the Lord 
and journeyed not. Happy for them 
had they always exhibited this spirit 
of obedience. 

Happy for all if, through the wil- 
derness of this world, we implicitly 
follow the leadings of God's provi- 
dence and the direction of God's Word. 
God does not put a cloud in the sky 
today for us to follow, but He has 
given Us the written Word. 

The Holy Word of our Lord is a 
guide to everyone who will read and 
believe it. So true, faithful and com- 
plete guide is it, that there is not 
a scene of duty or a trial through 
which we may be called to pass in 
the world, but it furnishes a clear, 
a safe, and unerring direction. 



The Day's Thought 

"Thy word is a Lamp unto my feet 
and a light unto my path." 

February 11, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 34:1-7 

Scripture Verse: The angel of the 
Lord encampeth round about them 
that fear him, and delivereth them. 
Psalm 34:7. 

David is giving words of praise to 
God for his protection and deliver- 
ance. Once when Felix of Nola was 
fleeing from his enemies, he took ref- 
uge in a cave. He had scarcely en- 
tered it before a spider began to spin 
its web over the opening. The pur- 
suers passing by saw the spider's lace 
architecture blocking the entrance and 
did not bother to look into the cave, 
figuring that no one could have gone 
in without disturbing that delicate 
latticework of silk. Thus the life of 
one of God's noble men was spared 
and his witness presei-ved. Later Fe- 
lix of Nola summed up his experience 
as follows: "Where God is, a spider's 
web is a wall; where He is not, a 
wall is but a spider's web." Yes, the 
Lord preserves and delivers His owoi 
often through strange and unexpected 
sources. 

The Day's Thought 

Be not dismayed whate'er betide 
God will take care of you; 
Beneath His wings of love abide, 
God will take care of you. 

February 12, 1962 
Read Scripture: Daniel 3:10-18 

Scripture Verse: Our God whom 
we serve is able to deliver us from 
the burning fiery furnace, and he will 
deliver us out of thine hand, O King. 
Daniel 3:17. 

Here is another example of great 
faith in God and of His protection 
and deliverance. Shadrach, Meshach 
and Abednego refused to fall down 
and worship the golden image that 
Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 
In other words they dared to be dif- 
ferent. This is a valuable lesson for 
young men today. 

Most people are crowd followers. 
They do what they do because "ev- 
erybody's doing it." But the great 
leaders who have made contributions 
to progress have stood out from the 
crowds. 

Jesus stood alone. Today He calls 
for men and women brave enough to 
stand alone, if needs be, for His sake. 
To do this, one must have a deep 
inner conviction. "Ye may be 



January 27, 1962 



Page Seven 



strengthened with power through His 
Spirit in the inward man." Extra- 
ordinary men do not stand in their 
own strength. They say with Paul, 
"I can do all things through Christ 
which strengtheneth me." 

The Day's Thought 

IV'Iay we have courage to stand for 
Christ and His way of life at all cost. 

February 13, 1962 
Read Scripture: Numbers 6:22-27 

Scripture Verse: And they shall put 
my name upon the children of Israel, 
and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27. 

The nation of Israel was prepar- 
ing to enter into the promised land; 
a land of many rich promises, yet 
it was a land of idolatries so perverse 
that it is almost impossible to com- 
prehend the evil orgies that were tak- 
ing place. God was concerned that 
His chosen people did not succunab 
to the temptations of the land they 
were to enter. He gave them specific 
laws so that they would remain apart 
from this evil force. When they en- 
tered this land they would have a 
means of defending themselves 
against the idolatrous population. We 
are told in the New Testament that 
the Christian is a part of a chosen 
generation. God has also given the 
Christian tools with which he can de- 
fend himself against the temptations 
of the world; These tools are the 
Holy Spirit, the BIBLE, personal 
prayer, and the worship service. 

The Day's Thought 

The nation of Israel did not use 
the tools God gave them and Israel 
became infected with evil and lost its 
inheritance. God was concerned 
enough about you to give you tools 
to protect your inheritance; Beware, 
lest you lose it. 

February 14, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 2:37-42 

Scripture Verse: If my people, 
which are called by my name, shall 
humble themselves, and pray, and 
seek my face, and turn from their 
wicked ways; then will I hear from 
heaven, and will forgive their sin, 
and will heal their land. II Chronicles 
7:14. 

We realize today that all the lands 
of the world, more than in any other 
age, need God's healing. Conditions, 
which have been created by the wick- 
edness of men, are such that no hu- 
man authority or organization is able 
to heal. 



In this darkness and bewilderment, 
what a floodlight of hope comes to 
us from the Word of God. God Him- 
self promises to heal our land. 

Let us note the conditions we must 
meet before He will fulfill this pi-om- 
ise. We, His people, who are called 
by His name, Christians, must humble 
ourselves, and pray, and seek His 
face and turn from our wicked ways. 



In other words, God requires of us 
humility, prayer, seeking His will and 
abstaining from sin. Only so can we 
make it possible for God to fulfill 
this promise. 

The Day's Thought 

Through prayer and obedience to 
God, Christians further the peace of 
the world. Am I doing my part? 



zi eiv s 






Cameron, W. Va. Brother Cecil Bol- 
ton has been honored by being se- 
lected as the Rural Minister of the 
Year in the Northern Panhandle Soil 
Conservation District. The selection 
was made by the District Board of 
Supervisors. Brother Bolton will rep- 
resent the District in the State's 
Rural Minister of the Year Program. 
Brother Bolton is pastor of our Cam- 
eron and Quiet Dell churches and is 
also principal of the Cameron Grade 
School. The State Winner in the Pro- 
gram will receive a three-week's 
scholarship at Emory University. 
(The above was taken from the 
Northern Panhandle Soil Conserva- 
tion Newsletter of December 26, 
1961). 



New Lebanon, Ohio. The W. M. S. 

public service was scheduled for Jan- 
uary 21st with Mrs. Betty Jane Bick- 
man as the missionary speaker. 

North Manchester, Indiana. Broth- 
er Woodrow A. Immel reports the 
baptism and reception of four new 
members on January 7th. 

Brother Immel was the speaker at 
the opening service of the Universal 
Week of Prayer, held in the E. U. B. 
church, the evening of January 7th. 

Scottsdale, Arizona ( T e m p e ) . 

Brother H. Francis Berkshire notes 
that on January 14th the BYC vis- 
ited the children's home near Mesa 
where they conducted an inspirational 
service. 




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The Brethren Evangelist 



Memorials 

WHITEHAIR. James Roy White- 
hair, of Terra Alta, W. Va., went to 
be with his Lord, Jan. 3. Was born, 
1881, and was a member of the White 
Dale Brethren Church. Survived by 
his wife, two sons, and three grand- 
children. Services by the undersigned 
assisted by Rev. Donald D. Matthews. 
Interment, Terra Alta Cemetery. 
Cecil Bolton, Jr. 



DR. STUDEBAKER 

Memorial 

Rites 

REV. CLAUD STUDEBAKER, 
pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, in Huntington, Indiana, 
passed away suddenly and unexpect- 
edly in his home in Huntington early 
Friday morning, December 1st. When 
he did not respond to the call for 
breakfast, IMrs. Studebaker went to 
his room and found that he had 
passed away. 

Rev. Studebaker had been pastor 
of the Huntington church for five 
years after sen'ing the Loree, Indiana 
church for five years. He also had 
served churches in Leon, Iowa; Soutli 
Bend and Goshen, Indiana; and Pitts- 
burgh, Pa. For many years he was 
president of the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church and served on 
various other boards. He was a mem- 



ber of the National Ministerial Asso- 
ciation of the Brethren Church. 

He was an outstanding pastor, 
known for his tii-eless calling in 
homes, nursing homes and hospitals. 
He was an earnest, energetic and per- 
sistent worker and never failed in de- 
fending the faith and doctrine of the 
Brethren Church. He knew his Bible 
and could quote almost the entire New 
Testament and part of the Old Tes- 
tament. He never carried his Bible 
into the pulpit, but would read the 
scriptures from memory. 

After several years as a success- 
ful farmer, he entered the ministry 
in 1920, and served continuously in 
the various pulpits even to the Sun- 
day before he passed away. He had 
not been feeling good only a couple 
of days before his passing. The Breth- 
ren Churcli has lost a stalwart sol- 
dier of the Cross. He will be greatly 
missed. We can only say with the 
poet: 

"Soldier of God, Well done! 

Thy glorious warfare's past, 
The battle's fought, the race is won. 

And thou art crowned at last!" 

The memorial service was in the 
Huntington church at 2:00 p.m. on 
Sunday, December 3rd, with a great 
concoui'se of friends attending. Rev. 
C. A. Stewart and Rev. E. M. Riddle 
officiated. Interment was in the Ash- 
land, Ohio, cemetery on Monday, with 
Rev. Delbert B. Flora and Rev. Stew- 
art officiating. 

C. A. Stewart. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



WARNS CATHOLICS AGAINST 
DISCUSSING BIBLE WITH 
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES 

NEW YORK (EP)— America, na- 
tional Catholic weekly published here, 
has warned Roman Catholics who 
have inadequate knowledge of the 
Bible to avoid contacts with Jehovah's 
Witnesses. 

Only "well instructed churchgoers 
can cope with the Witnesses in dis- 
cussions of the Bible," the article 
said, and it cautioned that "unpre- 
pared Catholics will accomplish little 
and may endanger their own faith." 



The article, written by Albert Mul- 
ler, a member of the New York Cath- 
olic Evidence Guild, appeared in 
America as 70,000 Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses arrived hei'e for a six-day Eas- 
tern Regional Convention. Mr. Muller 
is a co-founder of Christ's Witnesses, 
a group of laymen who endeavor to 
counteract the proselytizing efforts of 
the Jehovah's Witnesses among Cath- 
olics. 

"There is nothing more harmful 
than to underestimate a potential 
danger," the article pointed out, and 
it went on to say that the "Jehovah's 



Witnesses are specialists in their own 
peculiar way." 

Said Muller: "In general, they know 
more about the Bible than most Cath- 
olics. Since they insist on carrying 
on all discussions on the basis of the 
Bible, a Catholic involved with them 
will be forced to meet them on their 
own grounds. While the Witnesses' 
view of the Bible is a distorted one, 
the deplorable lack of knowledge that 
a Catholic is likely to have of the 
Holy Scriptures puts him at a serious 
disadvantage." 

He continued: "Jehovah's Witnesses 
relish distorting texts taken out of 
context from an assortment of Cath- 
olic books. To make a case against the 
Church, they dwell on such things as 
the Crusades, the Inquisition, and 
Pope Alexander VI. In their maga- 
zines they accuse Catholics of intol- 
erance, of being enemies of the Bible, 
of inciting wai's, of collaborating with 
nazism and communism, of having 
greedy, murderous and immoral 
priests; they quote statements of 
Catholic authorities expressing dis- 
satisfaction with the lack of zeal and 
impiety of Catholics as pi'oof that 
the Church has failed her people. They 
never fail to make immediate use of 
such situations as the Puerto Rico 
bishops' involvement in the 1960 elec- 
tions." 

Said the America article: "Their 
twisted interpretations of these things 
make it difficult at times for unin- 
formed Catholics to answer their ob- 
jections. Then they use these argu- 
ments in conjunction with their dis- 
torted interpretations of the Bible. 
They sometimes succeed in planting 
the seed of doubts in the heart of 
some Catholics. It is, then, a mistaken 
idea to think that Witnesses pose no 
danger to many who ai-e easily in- 
fluenced by their secular environ- 
ment." 

The article pointed to the growth 
of Jehovah's Witnesses as "an ener- 
getic and aggressive organization." It 
said that in 20 years their number 
has grown from 60,000 to over 950,- 
000 and that their annual growth rate 
has been 10 per cent in recent years. 

METHODIST CHURCH 
MEMBERSHIP 
TOPS 10 MILLION 

CHICAGO (EP)— Membership in 
the Methodist Church has new ex- 
ceeded the 10 million mark. 

According to statistics released here 
for the fiscal year ending May 31, 



January 27, 1962 



Page Nine 



the church body — first in numerical 
strength among- this country's Prot- 
estant gi'oups — has 10,046,293 mem- 
bers. This represents an increase of 
135,552 over the 1959-60 figure. 

The new total includes 28,254 min- 
isters, but not the 1,663,367 prepara- 
tory members on Methodist church 
rolls throughout the country. 

Ranking as a close second in mem- 
bership is the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention, which reported 9,731,591 
members for 1960. 

RELIGIOUS AGENCIES URGED 
TO ASK REVISION OF 
IMMIGRATION LAWS 

NEW YORK (EP)— Religious and 
other voluntary agencies have been 
urged to intensify their efforts for a 
revision of U. S. immigration laws. 

The plea came from a Senator, a 
Congressman and two federal govern- 
ment officials addressing the Ameri- 
can Immigration and Citizenship Con- 
ference at its annual meeting here. 

Representatives of 33 Protestant, 
Roman Catholic and Jewish agencies 
at the Conference heard Sen. Clai- 
borne Pell (Dem.-R. I.); Rep. John V. 
Lindsay (Rep.-N. Y.); Hyman H. 
Bookbinder, special assistant to the 
Secretary of Commerce; and Michel 
Cieplinski, deputy administrator of the 
State Department's Bureau of Se- 
curity and Consular Affairs. 

The speakers agreed that the na- 
tional origins quota system is out- 
moded and should be abolished or 
drastically modified. 

Senator Pell, a former AICC treas- 
urer, said he would introduce a new 
immigration bill in the next session 
of Congress wihich woud strike "at 
the utterly false and unAmerican con- 
cept that one race is superior to an- 
other, and that northern and western 
Europeans make better Americans 
than southern and eastern Euro- 
peans." 

The measure, he said, "would estab- 
lish a quota system based on logic 
and reason — not on prejudice." He 
said an "equitable balance would be 
effected between countries with large 
populations but low present quotas, 
and nations with relatively small pop- 
ulations but large quotas." 

LUTHERAN LEADER IN 
PRAYER APPEAL 

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (EP)— Because of 
the "frightening world situation," Dr. 
John W. Behnken, president of The 
Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, 



has called on the 6,000 congregations 
in the Synod throughout the United 
States and Canada to hold special 
services emphasizing repentance and 
prayer. 

In a letter to the congregations. Dr. 
Behnken declared: "God is calling you 
and me to repentance. Undoubtedly 
God is speaking to us in unmistakable 
language in the startling activities 
of atheistic communism. He wants our 
nation to turn from its wicked ways 
unto the Lord. Earnest, whole-hearted 
repentance is the great need of the 
hour. 

"In such a crisis we should plead 
with our God more earnestly in our 
private prayers, in our family de- 
votions, and in our church services. 
We do not pray as frequently and 
as fervently as we ought to pray." 

RED CHINA URGES CHILDREN: 
"LOVE THE PARTY, HATE U. S." 

TAIPEI, Formosa (EP)— A mass 
indoctrination movement by the Chi- 
nese Peojjle's Republic is seeking to 
teach tens of millions of Chinese tots 
to "love the Communist Party, the 
Communist Party boss, Mao Tse- 
Tung, socialism, labor, the people's 
communes, and to hate the United 
States." 



This observation is reported by the 
New China News Agency. The com- 
munique states that millions of chil- 
dren are "entered in breast-feeding 
rooms, nurseries and kindergartens" 
where they are taught such ditties as: 
"The clay P'u-sa (idol) can't stand 
water; the paper P'u-sa can't stand 
wind; if you want to worship the true 
P'u-sa, come at once to worship Mao 
Tse-Tung." 

The children are also allegedly 
taught that Christianity was "born 
among the masses of the lower strata, 
yet after it was proclaimed the state 
religion of the Roman Empire, 
through various forms of teaching, it 
defended the system of exploitation, 
spread the idea that existence of 
classes was necessary and praised 
timidity, humility, meekness, obe- 
dience and submissiveness." 

The Red Chinese Ministries of Pub- 
lic Health and Education last Septem- 
ber issued a joint statement saying 
"children should be taught to under- 
stand the happy life of children in 
socialist countries and the bitter lot 
of children of working people in the 
capitalist countries and those in co- 
lonial and semi-colonial countries." 



CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND, 

BRETHREN CHURCH CHOIR 




ABOVE is a picture of the Choir of the Cumberland, Maryland, Brethren 
Church, sent in by their directress, Mrs. L. O. McCartneysmrth. Brother 
Hays K. Logan is the pastor of the church. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 



TEEGARDEN, INDIANA 

It has been four months since we began our pastorate 
at Teegarden so it is due time for a report. The months 
have been busy months getting settled, learning new 
names and faces, holding meetings, etc. The folk here 
have been wonderful in welcoming us into their midst. 

The interior of the parsonage was freshly painted and 
cleaned upon our arrival here. Food was waiting for 
us and is continually brought in — so much that a freezer 
had to be acquired. A monetary gift was presented to 
the parsonage family at Christmas along with gifts from 
the Homebuilders Class and individuals. When Jane was 
hospitalized in November for surgery the folk very gra- 
ciously lent their hand in various ways. 

Several events which have occurred since our arrival 
which we would like to mention. In September a Gospel 
Team from Ashland conducted a Sunday morning wor- 
ship service. Everyone was inspired by the service and 
the testimonies of the young men. 

October 1 was our Homecoming Day with Rev. Arthur 
Tinkel, Jr., a former pastor, as the guest speaker. A 
large congregation welcomed the Tinkels and renewed 
acquaintances at a basket dinner at noon. The WMS 
hosted the Polke County Rally and also the Northern 
Indiana WIVES Rally during the month of October. 

The newly released film, "The Family That Changed 
the World," was shown November 5 at the evening ser- 
vice by the Marshall County Youth For Christ director. 
The month of November marked the time for our fall 
revival with Rev. Harold Barnett as evangelist. His chal- 
lenging messages and special numbers in song brought 
good crowds out each evening. A young mother and father 
rededicated their lives during the meeting and their two 
young sons confessed Christ as their Saviour; also a 
young girl rededicated her life. Prior to the revival a 
teenage boy and a young wife rededicated their lives 
at a Sunday morning worship service. 

A group from the church journeyed to our Brethren's 
Home at Flora on November 30. This is a yearly event 
for the folk here. Attractive cans filled with homemade 
candy was presented to each member of the Home. A 
service was presented in the afternoon. 

November also marked the "visit of the stork" for the 
parsonage family. A new son, Douglas Mark, arrived 
November 11. Being a RH baby he required several blood 
replacements and transfusions. Our gratefulness is of- 
fered to all who remembered the baby with their prayers. 
The baby is doing fine now. The stork also chose No- 
vember to make a delivery of a son to the Barnetts at 
Lost Creek. Brother Barnett received the news while 
holding the revival here. 

The young people presented a play and the smaller 
children gave recitations and special numbers at our 
Christmas program held Friday evening, December 22. 
Caroling and a chili supper followed the program. 



The following verse was sent by a beloved member of 
a former pastorate and the last two lines surely are de- 
scriptive of the Teegarden Church. 

Beautiful is the large church 
With stately arch and steeples 
Neighborly is the small church 
With groups of fi-iendly people. 

Claude Stogsdill, Pastor. 



DUTCHTOWN BRETHREN REVIVAL 

From November 6 to 19, 1961 the writer had the 
privilege of working with the Dutchtown Brethren and 
Pastor and Mrs. George Pontius. We praise God that we 
ti'uly had a revival. The membership is not large, but 
the spirit of the brethren is excellent! Brother Pontius 
and wife have been part-time pastors for eiglit years. 
They have 35 miles to travel to Dutchtown one way from 
Elkhart, Indiana. They have Sunday night services and 
mid-week, as well as regular Sunday morning services. 
The people at large expressed their thanks for the fine 
work that Rev. and Mrs. Pontius are doing. Therefore, 
I believe that it would be pleasing to the Lord to see 
Dutchtown call these worthy people to serve full-time. 

The church also has a Building Program started. They 
need classrooms and a social room. The church is draw- 
ing in a goodly number of lake dwellers during the sum- 
mer months. They also have a goodly number of families 
that are prospective, but will take full-time work to win 
many of them. The church has a parsonage located close 
by. They are making improvements on the parsonage. 
The spirit of the people is good. They want to do more 
for the Lord. Since the meetings have closed, they have 
shown that the revival spirit has not cooled off. Dutch- 
town sent 12 teachers to the Sunday School Institute at 
Goshen, youth were gleaning cornfields to boost the Build- 
ing Program and funds, others are out calling besides 
the pastor, and the B. Y. C. is meeting again. Tliese re- 
ports make their evangelist very proud of them! 

Now for a report of the meetings. There were 2 first- 
time confessions and 37 rededications. Their member- 
ship is 86, and there was an average of 75 present to 
all the meetings. Warsaw, Roann and other local churches 
helped to make the final attendance 178. There were 
64 from Roann and 35 from Warsaw, and their choirs 
brought special music for the service. There were 18 
local people that had perfect attendance, and 6 missed 
one service. The farmers wei'e harvesting corn, and school 
activities were rather heavy during the meetings. 

School demands ai'e many in these days, in any com- 
munity. Rev. and Mrs. Pontius attended every meeting. 
They drove over 1,000 miles during this time. There 
was a prayer meeting before each service. Travel films 
were shown on Thursday and Friday nights after ser- 
vices. They were of Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy and 
Kentucky missions. A teacher training film was shown on 
Sunday School Niglit following the service. "Stolen Water- 
melon" and "Tamsa" was shown to the children each 
night. Also a flash picture story of "Sammy Scales" and 
the story of "The Heart of Pak" shown on a large chart. 
Literature given during the meetings: "The Heart of 
Pak", Bible Meditation League, "The Finished Wonder" 
and "Another Gospel" by the Life Messengers publishers 



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of Seattle 11, Washington. Others were "Herald of His 
Coming" and a Bible prophecy chart, "God's Plan For 
The Ages." I believe we evangelists should distribute 
good literature when we go out. Every meeting was 
paclced with good spiritual blessings, and the response 
was excellent. 

Dutchtown has a lot of good talent and we were fa- 
vored with special music every night. Our theme song, 
"Saved, Saved To Tell Others" was sung at every service. 
Biblical messages were mostly from the book of Acts. 

Another great blessing that was enjoyed during the 
meetings was that Rev. and Mrs. Pontius filled the 
pulpit at Roann on the middle Sunday during the meet- 
ings. It so happened that 24 years ago they pastored at 
Roann and on that very day they celebrated their 42nd 
wedding anniversary. Then to climax the meetings, it 
was so nice to have Roann in the final meeting at Dutch- 
town. Many Roanners had never been in the Dutchtown 
church, therefore, as a reader, you can see we gained many 
rich Christian experiences together. The reason that God's 
Spirit was upon us all was due to the prayers of breth- 
ren at Dutchtown, Roann, Warsaw, and others. We shall 
never forget this meeting. Again many thanks to Dutch- 
town Brethren for your hospitality, generous gift for 
sei-vice rendered and to the Roann brethren for permit- 
ting their pastor to have such revival experiences. We 
praise God for all of you! 

Rev. Herbert Gilmer, 
Roann, Indiana. 



LOREE BRETHREN REVIVAL 

A lot happened in one week with the Loree Brethren. 
This meeting soon foUlowed the Dutchtown revival. The 
date was December 3 to 10. This was another happy 
and worthwhile exchange during the meetings. Rev. W. 
E. Thomas filled my pulpit at Roann on the 3rd of De- 
cember. Our Roann people appreciate Rev. Thomas much 
also. He held revival meetings in tlie month of Febru- 
ary of 1961 in Roann, and good results came from that 
meeting. It was gratifying to see Roann Brethren come 
to Loree on the final night of meetings. There were 60 
in spite of a rather bad night. It had 'been icy during 
the last nights of the meetings. The Loree Youth, spon- 
sors, and pastor and Mrs. Thomas entertained our Ro- 
ann (19) youth with a full Christmas meal with all the 
trimmings on the final night of meetings. 

It was such a delightful experience that I had to start 
off with this first in ,my report. During this week I stayed 
with the Thomas's and was well provided for in every 
way in every home that we had the privilege of dining 
with. Rev. and Mrs. Thomas have been on the Loree field, 
serving just a little over a year. During this time they 
have taken 27 into the church. Therefore our efforts dur- 
ing the meetings were directed to revival of those who 
are already in the church. Messages during the nights 
were on prophecy. Charts were given out to all entitled, 
"God's Plan For the Ages." There was a very good re- 
sponse to the messages. Sunday's messages were geared 
to the unsaved. 

The visible results of the meetings were 18 rededica- 
tions. The evangelist gave out 7 copies of the "Christian- 
Worker's Testaments" to the rededicated ones. One copy 



to each family was given to introduce this valuable tool 
for the soul winner. Rev. Thomas plans to have a class 
for soul winners in the future, and he will use this tes- 
tament. During the week the following literature was 
given out: "The Heart of Pak", a good soul winning 
booklet, "Herald of His Coming" and "Your Answer". 
These publications come from Box 3457 Terminal Annex, 
Los Angeles 54, Calif. (Gospel Revivals, Inc.). They are 
geared to awaken the Christians to their sharing the 
Gospel with others, soul winning and greater prayer 
life. Anyone can get copies by writing to them. "Another 
Gospel" is a booklet to know how to deal with Jehovah's 
Witnesses. Many Christians took copies of these. There 
is a great need everywhere of Christians being prepared 
to meet all the "isms" of today! 

Attendances to the meetings during the week ran from 
110 to 127. Ice on Saturday night cut it down to 88. 
Highest Sunday morning attendance was 224. Final Sun- 
day night attendance must have been near 275. Roann 
choir sang on the final night. Good specials were furnished 
in every meeting. Rev. Thomas did his usual fine song 
leading during the meetings, and Thursday night after 
services the broadcast was taped to be given over WARU, 
Peru, Indiana radio station, on Sunday. This program can 
be heard every Sunday at 12:30 over this station with 
Rev. Thomas and his choir and other fine talent. Loree 
has much very good talent. This is such a help in any 
church. The only film shown during the week was to 
the children. It was "Stolen Watermelon". The story of 
"The Heart of Pak" with a large chart to illustrate was 
given also. 

In closing may I again express my deep thanks to 
Brother and Sister Thomas, all the Loree people and their 
generous love gift, hospitality at church and homes, and 
for your indication to launch forward into a visitation 
and soul winning work for the Lord. It was a pleasure 
to meet everyone! Also I wish to thank the 'Loree and 
Roann people for your many pi-ayers, words of encourage- 
ment and attendance. Many thanks to the delegations 
from Burlington, Flora, College Corner, Center Chapel, 
Mexico, Denver, Peru and other local neighboring churches. 
It has been a rich experience for me, and may the Lord 
add to the church daily such as should be saved is my 
prayer. 

Rev. Herbert Gilmer, 
Roann, Indiana. 



WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY? 

In the home, it is kindness; 

In business, it is honesty; 

In society, it is courtesy; 

In work, it is fairness; 

Toward the unfortunate, it is pity; 

Toward the wicked, it is resistance; 

Toward the strong, it is trust; 

Toward the penitent, it is forgiveness; 

Toward the fortunate, it is congratulations; 

Toward God, it is reverence and love. 

— Sel. 



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Conference Inspirdtional Messages 



EXPLORING THE DEPTHS 



Wl 



"EXPLORING the Depths" — our 
National Conference theme for the 
current year — involves searching. We 
are assured in God's word, that there 
is a "Searcher", one who indwells 
the believer, none other than God, 
the Father, God the Son, and God, 
the Holy Spirit! The following texts 
assert that possible "indwelling" of 
each Person of the Trinity, augment- 
ing their help: 

"Eye hath not seen (through sci- 
entific exploration), ear hath not 
heard (through persuasion, elo- 
quence, logic), neither have entered 
the heart of man (quest of the phi- 
losopher), the things which God 
hath prepai'ed for them that love 
Him. But, God hath revealed them 
unto us, by His Spirit; for the 
Spirit searchest all things — yea, the 
deep things of God" (1 Cor. 2:9, 
10); 

"Likewise also, the Spirit help- 
eth our infirmities (weaknesses); 
for we know not what we should 
pray for as we ought; but the Spir- 
it Himself maketh intercession for 
us With groanings (yearnings) 
which cannot be uttered. And He 
who searchest the hearts (God), 
knoweth what is the mind of the 
Spirit, because He (Spirit) maketh 
intercession for the saints accord- 
ing to the will of God" (Rom. 8: 
26, 27). 

"If any man love Me, he will 
keep My words, and My Father 
will love him, and we (God the 



Father and God the Son!) will come 
unto him and make our abode 
(home) with him!" (John 14:23). 

May we not conclude, then, that 
each Person of the Godhead, in a 
sense, "indwells" the born-again one ? 
It is the "office" of the Holy Spirit 
to implement the distinctive work of, 
God the Father, and of God, the Son. 
We are told the Greek word (Parak- 
letos) translated "Comforter" four 
times in John Chapters 14 and 16, is 
translated "Advocate" in 1 John 2:2, 
when it refers to the High Priestly 
work of Jesus Christ "with the Fa- 
ther"! Do we invite and welcome His 
help? 

SEVEN-FOLD MINISTRY OF THE 
HOLY SPIRIT 

In His "Upper Room" discourses, 
Jesus pointed to a seven-fold ministry 
of the Holy Spirit in relation to the 
believer: 

1. "He shall teach you all things" 
14:26 

2. "Bring all things to your re- 
membrance" 

3. "He shall testify of Me" 15:26; 
"Glorify Me" 16:14 

4. "He shall shew you things to 
come" 16:13 

5. "He will guide you into all truth" 

6. "He will reprove the world..." 
16:8-11 

7. "He shall abide with you — in 
you — forever" 14:16, 17. 

It is the Holy Spirit's work to "re- 
veal" all truth, and then to make 
it possible for the truth to become a 



part of us — of our affections, our at- 
titudes and of our decisions. 

Does the indwelling of the "Reveal- 
er", the "Searcher" manifest itself in 
my attitudes, my conduct, my deci- 
sions? Am I, as a member of the PTA, 
the FFA, or the Scouts, evidencing the 
impulsion of the Spirit of God? What 
does this three-fold indwelling and pos- 
sible searching of the "depths", mean 
to me as a Sunday School teacher? 
As a responsible member of the Of- 
ficial Board of my Church, or govern- 
ing body of my fraternity ? Am I 
"any different" from others who make 
no profession or pretense of "being 
a Christian" when it comes to serv- 
ing on committees, during coffee 
breaks; on the athletic field, or in the 
bleachers ? When enjoying my recre- 
ation or vacation? When frustration, 
losses, bereavement come ? 

We shall not presume to discuss 
each of the seven ministries of the . 
Holy Spirit. Instead, let us study! 
them and seek to discover some of| 
the ways He may help us in our re- 
lation to the past, to the present, and] 
to the future. 

THE PAST 

"He shall bring to your remem- 
brance the things that I have said to 
you;" after Jesus' resurrection, the, 
Disciples "remembered His words" 
(Matt. 26:75; Lk. 24:8). What a won- ' 
derful blessing is memory. A mis- 
sionary in Red China, subjected to * 
a long period of solitary confinement, I 
denied any reading matter when re-' 



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Rev. William S. Crick 



"The Spirit searchest all things, 
yea, the deep things of God! (1 Cor. 
2:10). 



DUR 



\NDWEiUNG SEARCHER 



leased, related how he had found com- 
fort in remembering the Scripture 
quotations he had committed to mem- 
ory, and lilvewise the hymns! He said 
he regretted he had not learned more. 
While we recoil from thoughts of in- 
carceration in a bomb shelter — how 
ample are the milk and meat of the 
WORD of God stored in my memory ? 

Our rich heritage as American citi- 
zens can be more appreciated when 
we recall the toil, sacrifice, heroism 
and love which have made it pos- 
sible! Someone has said, the wise 
learn from the experience of others — 
a fool only frcxm his own! 

However, we can be haunted by 
wraiths of the past lingering in our 
memory. In the "parable" of the Rich 
Man and Lazarus, Abraham replied 
to the now suffering, contrite sinner, 
"Son — remember!" W'liat punishment 
recalling a wasted life is — and will 
be! But, thanks for saving grace — 
the Lord remembers no more con- 
fessed and forgiven sins. 

The Apostle Paul stresses remem- 
brance, as the central motive in the 
observance of the Eucharist, "Jesus 
said... this do in remembrance of 
Me!" (1 Cor. 11:24, 25). The Holy 
Spirit "Helper" will aid the Com- 
munion participant in "remembering 
Jesus' death — until He returns"! 

THE PRESENT 

In four different verses (John 14: 
16, 26; 15:26; 16:7) Jesus referred to 
the Holy Spirit as "The Comforter". 
Has there ever been a time when peo- 



ple — even God's people — lived in 
greater anxiety, with more tensions 
and with darker forebodings ? In times 
of peace ( ? ) tliere is distress. A cur- 
rent magazine article states that dur- 
ing 1958, there were 18,519 suicides 
reported in the United States. It goes 
on to state that many times, coroners 
do not report suicides as such, so, 
there may have been twice that 
many! Another authority states "Ev- 
ery sixty seconds someone in the 
United States attempts suicide. Each 
day, nearly seventy succeed! Suicides 
now outnumber murders!" 

Jesus' early ministry comprised 
"teaching. . .preaching. ..and heal- 
ing." (Matt. 9:35). In His text in His 
hometown synagogue, He read "The 
Spirit of the Lord. . .hath anointed 
Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; 
...to heal the broken-hearted; to 
preach deliverance to the captives; 
and recovering of sight to the blind, 
to set at liberty them that are 
bruised, and to preach the acceptable 
year of the Lord! (Luke 4:18, 19). 
His followers today are ever becom- 
ing more conscious of the Master's 
six-fold ministry, actuated through 
the Holy Spirit. 

Another every-day-present office of 
the Holy Spirit is "to glorify and to 
testify of the Lord". The Holy Spir- 
it, indwelling the believer, does not 
seek to exploit Himself, but to mag- 
nify the Christ and advance His sav- 
ing ministry. This applies specifically 
to His followers. Does the Worship 
Service, as it is set up, and as I 



participate in it, "Glorify Christ" ? 
Does the Church's Youth Program 
(if any, witness to Christ?) Are the 
actions of the Official Board designed 
to exalt, and glorify the true "Head 
of the Church" ? Is it my aim that 
others shall "see no man — save Jesus 
only" ? 

Workers with adolescents tell us: 
"Youth ask; they want to know!" 
They ask, "What is right?"; "What 
am I to believe?" A simple norm or 
answer could be: "Does it, will it, 
glorify my Saviour?" While we do 
not know what to pray for as we 
ought, God the Father, and God the 
Holy Spirit do — give them an invi- 
tation, and an opportunity to speak! 
Young King Solomon made a request 
which was honored by the Lord. Sol- 
omon prayed: "Give therefore, thy 
servant an understanding heart, . . . 
that I may discern between good and 
bad!" (1 Kings 3:7-10). Jesus prom- 
ised the Holy Spirit "will teach you 
all things". I should ask myself: Does 
God's Word teach that my attitudes 
conduct, speech, friendships are ac- 
cording to His will for my life — do 
they "glorify my Lord" ? May He 
open to me the scriptures — AND my 
understanding of them! (Lk. 24:45). 

THE FUTURE 

"He will shew you things to come; 
He will guide you into all truth." 
The "perfect" (Mature) child of God 
needs have concern for the things of 
the future, both as to his sojourn on 
earth, and his status throughout eter- 



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nity! The inventor and benefactor, 
Charles F. Kettering is reported to 
have said: "I am interested in the 
future — for that is where I expect to 
live!" 

Are we availing ourselves of tlie 
divine plans for the future, as re- 
vealed in His inspired word? A 
feature article in the Pittsburgh Sun- 
day Press recently stated that we 
Americans spend more than one hun- 
dred million dollars a year on fortune- 
telling! How much more rewarding 
to allow the "Searcher of the deep 
things of God" to reveal the "truth" 
we are pei-mitted to know — and to 
"guide us into all the truth"! What 
a privilege, to invite the "Author" 
(Holy Spirit) of the Word to open our 
minds to understand! I read some- 
where that George Bennard, author 
of the favorite hymn "The Old 



Rugged Cross" was greeted by 
throngs of people when he lectured 
on how he came to write the hymn 
— and then gave his own interpreta- 
tion of it! 

When rightly evaluated as "in- 
spii'ed by the Holy Spirit", the Holy 
Scriptures ARE "profitable for doc- 
trine, for reproof, for correction, for 
instruction in righteousness, that the 
man of God (believer) may be per- 
fect (mature) thoroughly furnished 
unto all good works" (II Tim. 3:15- 
17). 

CONCLUSION 

The things of God are "deep 
things". They require "searching" and 
that exploring, with the help (of the 
Holy Spirit), is abundantly reward- 
ing. The Bible in IVIodem English, 
(Berkeley) suggests si.x synonyms as 



possible translations of Jesus' char- 
acterization of the office of the Holy 
Spirit: Comforter, Advocate, Inter- 
cessor, Counselor, Helper, Strengthen- 
er — Standby! 

This "Standby" offers a very defi- 
nite ministry to me, as relates to my 
knowledge of the past, my alertness 
in the present, and my preparation 
for the future. I\Iay I say to Him 
"Blessed searcher, come into my heart 
—to dwell"? 

A small boy was sitting on a curb 
looking up intently into the sky. A 
cynic asked him at what he was look- 
ing. The lad replied that he was sail- 
ing a kite, high in the sky. "How 
do you know — I can't see it?" The 
cynic remarked. "I know," replied the 
boy, "because I feel it tugging at this 
string!" So may we KNOW! 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 



BOOK REVIEWS 

Richard E. Allison 



All books reviewed in this column may be purchased through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 



LeBar, Lois E. CHILDREN IN THE 

BIBLE SCHOOL. Westwood, N. J.: 

Revell, 1952. ($5.00). 

Here is a helpful handbook on the 
Christian education of children. This 
is an authoritative volume which has 
value for teachers and parents alike. 

The author. Dr. Lois E. LeBar, is 
dii'ector of the graduate program of 
Education at Wheaton College. She 
has a rich background in the area 
of education receiving the Ph.D. in 
Religious Education from New York 
University. 

The obvious thesis of the book is 
that it requires more knowledge of 
the Biblical facts to teach children. 
In addition, the teacher must know 
children. Children used to be valued 
for what they would become. We must 
take our cue from Christ and value 
them for what they are at the mo- 
ment. 

To assist us in doing this, the 
author carefully analyzes the spir- 
itual, mental, emotional, social and 
physical development of the child 
from Nursery through Junior Age. 



Insights are clear, concise and con- 
structive. 

Problems dealing with administra- 
tion, teaching techniques and physi- 
cal surroundings are given practical 
solutions. Of special^interest and val- 
ue are the chapters on Worship, Mu- 
sic, and Prayer found in the fourth 
division of the book entitled Worship 
Experiences. 

The viewpoint maintained through- 
out the book is evangelical and prac- 
tical. 



Woodworth, R. O. HOW TO OPER- 
ATE A SUNDAY SCHOOL. Grand 
Rapids: Zondervan, 1961. ($2.95). 

This book was written to provide 
"a simple course in Sunday School 
building for the purpose of increas- 
ing the efficiency of the average busy 
man or woman at work in the Sun- 
day School." The author relates his 
own practical experience which has 
been considerable. Mr. Woodworth 
has sei-ved as superintendent of some 
of the largest Sunday Schools in our 



land. The principles expounded in this 
book come from his more than thirty 
years experience in this field. It's 
nature is practical. 

Some of the outstanding chapters 
are: What Are You Driving At? 
Creating the Right Atmosphere. Prin- 
ciples of Grading. Enlarging the Sun- 
day School. The Religious Census. 
Visitation. Records and Reports. The 
Worker's and Officers Meetings. The 
Man for Superintendent. The Ideal 
Teacher. How to Become a Sunday 
School Teacher. Evaluation. 

The author believes that the capital 
defect of the modern Sunday School 
is the want of an adequate sense of 
what is to be accomplished. He con- 
tends that we must put the school 
back into the Sunday School. The 
purpose of this school is to enlist the 
student in a real study of the Bible. 
"Today we have substitutes, quarter- 
lies, pictui-es and everything else for 
the Bible itself." Also, the Sunday 
School is not simply an organization 
but an organism. It requires organi- 
zation but this is merely a means to 
an end. The interest is in souls and 
spiritual growth and not numbers pri- 
marily. 

The growing Sunday School must 
pi-ovide the space and then it will 
grow to fill that space. To increase 
attendance permanently, improve the 
program of the Sunday School. 

This readable book contains little 
that is new in the field of Chris- 
tian Education but much that needs 
to be put into use in Brethren Sun- 
day Schools. 



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Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious EMucation. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 4, 1962 

THE CHRISTIAN'S USE OF THE LORD'S DAY 

Text: Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 2:23—3:6 

"Safely through another week God has brought us on our 

way; 
Let us now a blessing seek, Waiting in His courts today; 
Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest: 
Day of all the week the best. Emblem of eternal rest." 

— John Newton. 

THE CHRISTIAN USB of the Lord's day is somewhat 
related to how we came to observe this particular 
day and the purpose of keeping it. Space permits only 
a few guiding thoughts on this subject. God commanded 
the Israelites to "Remember the sabbath day, to keep 
it holy." "Sabbath" means rest or cessation from labour. 
Because it was ohserved on the seventh day, the word 
has become synonymous with seventh day or Saturday. 
God recognized a natural need of man for a day of rest 
for his body and soul. God in His wisdom set the time 
pattern for this rest. 

We may consider the following thoughts on the Jew- 
ish Sabbath in relation to the Christian Lord's Day. 

1. The Sabbath was sanctified as a holy day of rest 
for God and by God Gen. 2:2, 3, Ex. 20:10. 

2. Since the work performed by Adam before his Pall 
was different in some respects than the labour we now 
experience it would not necessitate a day of physical 
and spiritual rest as we now require. 

3. There is no indication that God commanded man 
to keep the sabbath until it was commanded by Moses, 
or that the patriarchs kept the sabbath. Since some peo- 
ple are apt to take the sabbath lightly, making no prep- 
arations to keep it in the right spirit, the command to 
"remember the sabbath" could well be a warning not 
to be forgetting that the sabbath comes at regular in- 
tervals. The only other alternative in interpretation would 
be that God asked them to keep on remembering some- 
thing that was already being practised though there is 
no indication that anyone was practising it. 

4. Moses states that the sabbath was to be a time of 
remembrance of their deliverance from Egypt (Deut. 5: 
14, 15). This is a foreshadowing of the deliverance to 
come which is in Jesus Christ. Our present redemption 
was made possible on the resurrection of Jesus Christ 
which took place on the first day of the week. Our day 
of rest is on the Lord's Day in commemoration of this 
deliverance. It is held as an emblem of our eternal rest. 

5. There is every evidence from early church history 
that the disciples were practising keeping the first day 
of the week holy to the Lord (Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:2). 



When Jesus claimed to be Lord of the sabbath He 
claimed the right to interpret God's laws concerning that 
day. The sabbath is to be a blessing to us. Jesus set 
the precedent for us in His acts of Iiealing, allowing 
His disciples to eat properly and by worshipping in the 
synagogue by habit (Luke 4:16). God allowed David to 
set aside divine law when necessity in this instance de- 
manded. To God, the spiritual well-being of His creatures 
is more important than strict conformity outwardly. This 
does not mean that we are allowed to run slipshod over 
God's law. 

Two guiding words are "remember" and "rest". The 
precedent established by the righteous men and dii-ected 
by God (Ex. 16:23, Num. 15:32) scarcely permit shop- 
ping, lawn mowing, general auto repair and fence build- 
ing on the Lord's day. From Moses to two generations 
ago men had 60 to 80 hour work weeks and rested on 
the seventh day. We liave 40 hour work weeks. Do we 
really need to "catch up" on the Lord's Day? 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 

THY SPEECH BETRAYETH THEE 

"By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words 
thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:37). 

TN CONSIDERING THIS TEXT I recall an experience 
that befell me in my college days. Home on vaca- 
tion for the summer I drove across from my childhood 
home at Brighton, Indiana, to our county seat at La- 
Grange, in the county by the same name. After a day 
spent in visiting with friends, I drove back to my old 
home. Along the way I noted a new home being erected, 
and as I approached the house a carpenter came run- 
ning out with his dinner bucket and hailed me for a ride. 
The request was willingly granted, and soon we were in 
lively conversation. 

All at once, in the midst of our talk, the carpenter 
stopped and turning to me inquired, "Aren't you a 
preacher?" At first I smiled and confessed to the sug- 
gested imputation. But I guessed why he had inquired. 
His part of the conversation had been interlarded with 
profane epithets, and as he continued his interrogation 
he revealed his awareness of a difference in our meth- 
ods of speech, and the use of words. In my tui'n, asking 
why he had asked me as to my profession, he said, "Well 
I noticed that you didn't talk like I have been talking, 
and I guess my conscience got to bothei-ing me. I knew 
better, and I want you to forgive me for being so rude." 
The pardon was granted and for the rest of the journey 
our conversation was about things more appropriate. 

Talk is frequently a way and means of poisoning and 
destroying friendships and relationships. Our talk as 
Christians should be always in truth and in the spirit 
of love and good will. 



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Outftoo*/ 




"JUST A HOUSEWIFE?" 



HELLO, FRIEND. Are you just 
a housewife? I surely hope 
that's not your attitude towards this 
most wonderful career in the world! 
And, that's just what you' and I as 
mothers and housekeepers are en- 
gaged in — the most wonderful career 
in the world — that of caring for a 
husband, children, and the home, and 
in that order of importance, as one 
radio speaker used to say. 

Helen was one wife and mother 
who had a gnarled view of her po- 
sition. When the tax assessor came 
to the empty blank by her name, 
she disgustedly informed him, "Just 
a housewife!" But, when Mr. Tax 
Assessor visited Kathy next door, he 
was stunned. To his question, "Do 
you work, or are you only a house- 
wife?" Kathy lifted up her chin and 
faced him squarely: "Sir, I resent the 
insinuation that as a housewife I 
don't work! I want you to know this 
is not an eight-hour job, where I 
punch my card at 8 a. m. and again 
at 4 p. m. I'm on duty from 6 a. m. 
to 10 p. m. and subject to call at any 
hour of the night. And what's more, 
I want you to know I enjoy it. I 
wouldn't trade it for any other po- 
sition in this whole wide world!" 

No wonder Mr. Tax Assessor was 
surprised! He had met few, if any, 
"Kathy's" in all his door-to-door vis- 
its. 

The attitude you and I have to- 
wards our job makes all the difference 
in the world as to how we do each 
task! It will even change such drudg- 



eries, as washing dirty dishes, or 
wiping up spilled liquid from the floor, 
or scrubbing, sweeping, washing, and 
ironing, into pleasant experiences. Be- 
lieve it or not, our attitude even 
erases from our minds the boredom 
of tasks that never end, for "a man's 
work is from sunup to sundown, but 
a woman's work is never done!" We 
just finally stop late at night, don't 
we? 

You know, it's the continual repe- 
tition of daily chores, plus the fact 
that we do so month in and month 
out, year in and year out, that tends 
to sour our enthusiasm and joy, 
doesn't it? Just follow what the Bi- 
ble says, "Whatever you do, in word 
or deed, do everything in the name 
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to 
God the Father through Him." At 
least once a day, stop and thank God 
for your husband, and thank Him for 
each child by name! Thank Him for 
the privilege of living for them! Then 
note how quickly and pleasantly the 
humdrum, daily chores will disappear! 

One counselor replied to a disgusted 
housewife, "Don't be just a housewife, 
be the best one in your block." He 
didn't mean to imply that the chil- 
dren may not come into the house 
unless they first take off their shoes, 
or that they weren't allowed to help 
with the work for fear they'd mess 
up the house. No, he meant, "Be the 
happiest mother, the most compan- 
ionable wife, placing the proper val- 
ues on each duty of the day." 



I'd like to ask a few questions — 
didn't you know when you promised i 
your lover to stay by his side "until i 
death parts" that you would live in a : 
house which would need to be kept 
clean and tidy ? Didn't you know you'd 
eat three meals daily? Didn't you 
know that true love conceives and( 
gives birth to children ? Didn't you t 
know husbands and children need to i 
be cared for and loved daily ? 

Silly questions, aren't they? Of' 
course, we housewives knew all this! 
But it was so vague, and remote; 
we just couldn't fancy anything but 
love, sweetness, and happiness, could 
we ? 

A Serious Matter 

This is serious, though, this busi- 
ness of being tied onto a job with- 
out relishing it! It's no joking matter 
that hundreds of housewives resent- 
fully perform their daily tasks when 
God intended for them to be pleasant, 
to have a cheerful, bright outlook. 

I repeat, it's serious to know that 
many brides betray their husbands' 
confidence in them by shifting their 
housewifely duties on to him, or some- 
one else, or by just simply not doing 
them! 

Several weeks ago, while sitting in 
a restaurant in New York waiting 
for my breakfast, a young man and 
lady came in and slid onto the stools 
by the counter. From the way they 
acted, I could tell they were married. 
They ordered coffee and doughnuts, 
and quarreled the whole time during 



January 27, 1962 



Page Seventeen 



breakfast. I felt so sorry for them! 
I couldn't help thinking that maybe 
if the wife had gotten up early, 
donned a pleasant smile, and fixed 
a tempting, nourishing breakfast, the 
husband probably would have forgot- 
ten about his gripes. 

The other day I read of a marriage 
that was just ready to topple into 
the abyss. In her side of the story 
the wife said, "Of all things! Tom 
expects me to get up in the morn- 
ing and get his breakfast for him 
before he goes to work. And he goes 
an hour earlier than I need to get 
up for my job." Foolish woman! 
Blaming Tom! Why, didn't she know 
it was her duty and pleasure to pre- 
pare a tasty, nourishing breakfast for 
her beloved! Tom could have gotten 
his own breakfast alone, without a 
wife! 

This is an alarming problem — that 
of household duties spoiling mar- 
riages. One marriage counselor of the 
Los Angeles headquarters of the 
American Institute of Family Rela- 
tions, where neai-ly 15,000 consulta- 
tions are given yearly, says that many 
varied problems tend to produce un- 
satisfactory marriages. "One of the 
problems may be as simple as disor- 
ganized housework. Sui-veys have con- 
cluded that poor housekeeping is a 
major factor in marriage troubles." 

Love Motivates Good Housekeeping 

D. H. Lawrence says, "No woman 
does her housework with real joy un- 
less she is in love." 

According to this statement love 
Imd good housekeeping are twins! 
iThey walk hand in hand! 

We gladly sacrifice self, our o.^i'. 
jlans, and wishes for the ones we 
ove. Love doesn't become irritable; 
ove is patient and kind. Love bears 
ill things. Love denies self. Love 
serves others, does not expect to be 
served. 

I think it's important that we mix 
)ur faith and our love to God in 
;very routine task. Discuss each 
luty and your attitudes concerning 
t with Him. He'll help you to adopt 
;he right perspective about your work, 
^nd then His love has a chance to 
;ome into your life. 

Unprepared for Housekeeping Role 

I'd like to digress now just for a 
noment and present some reasons 
vhy thousands of wives today re- 
sent housekeeping. I really believe 
hat analyzing the situation helps us 



to tackle our tasks more intelligently 
and, with God's help, to correct wrong 
attitudes and dislikes. At least, it 
certainly helped me when I became 
aware of why routine, daily chores 
were such drudgery; and only then 
did I see clearly where to get a hold 
and pull out these wrong attitudes 
— like weeds from the flower bed. 

One major factor is: we girls aren't 
trained or prepared for our tasks as 
housekeepers. We go to school, think 
and act like men. We follow a work- 
able schedule, and the day passes 
according to schedule. We are away 
from home and home responsibilities; 
in a sense, we're independent. We're 
free; we go places and enjoy out- 
side activities. We make our own de- 
cisions. We learn to solve our own 
problems, and then one day we wake 
up and find ourselves "wallbound," 
not free. We need to shai-e our prob- 
lems and decisions. Very few things, 
if any, go according to schedule. We 
work all day and, in a sense, re- 
peat the same thing the next day. 
When hubby comes home at night, 
tired and wanting a relaxed, quiet 
evening at home with his sweetheart, 
we're fed up; we want to get out! 
Then the sparks begin to fly! 

One mother said, "My college edu- 
cation did not prepare me for liv- 
ing. My degree prepared me for a 
career, when all the time I knew 
I wanted to be a wife and mother." 
Disaster and boredom was the out- 
come. She was frustrated because she 
was not aware that the role of wife 
and mother was the way to success. 
She, like far too many other mothers, 
gave the biggest challenge ever to 
face women — that of raising children 
— to a maid and left home to search 
for "success." 

Rev. A. Purnell Baily says, "Frus- 
tration is the only fruit of such edu- 
cation. To be a wife and mother is 
to enter the greatest full-time career 
of womanhood." 

"Children and housework go togeth- 
er," says one mother. She discovered 
the best method to train children suc- 
cessfully was for them to surround 
her in play as she worked. In later 
years, they joined her and assisted 
in the chores. "It was so much fun," 
she added. 

Several years ago a noted anthro- 
pologist, who only recently had re- 
turned home from living with primi- 
tive tribes across the world, com- 
mented, "America is the only country 
in the world which does not train her 



daughters for their life work — that 
of being wives and mothers." 

The Challenge of Our Task 

Let's face it, friend, our cultural 
background hasn't prepared us for 
the noble calling God has decreed 
for women — and for women alone. He 
made us to be a helper to man, not 
his superior or equal. He made us 
to prepare man's meals, to create 
a happy, pleasant, home atmosphere 
where he can relax after the strain 
and work of the day. God made us 
capable of bearing children. He care- 
fully endowed us with the virtues 
and qualities mothers need to train 
and lead children into noble char- 
acters and into real fellowship with 
God. Can't you see the importance, 
the wonderfulness, the sacredness of 
your unique position? This is God's 
principal design, anything else is 
secondary! 

Certainly, we must admit our cul- 
tural lack, admit the lure of an out- 
side career, but at the same time 
we must accept the challenge of our 
task; then mere housework, that lasts 
only a comparatively few years, won't 
ever bog us down and defeat our 
marriages and happy family living! 

We must change our minds about 
this business of housekeeping! It all 
depends on our "mindset." 

Just a housewife ? No, no, but by 
the grace of God and His power, 
let's join hands and side by side take 
our stand against today's cheap con- 
ception of a housewife. Let's proudly 
and cheeitfully join the ranks who 
say — "I'm a housewife and proud to 
be one. It's the most wonderful ca- 
reer in the world!" 

Remember, "to be a wife and 
mother is to enter the greatest full- 
time career of womanhood," and that 
involves housekeeping. 

God be with you, in each daily task. 

(From a radio talk by Ella May 
Miller.) 




~™"~^ 'M'"''*fl*P''v -i4 



Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



A CHOICE FOR DEACONS 

O Zion's King, we meekly bow, 

And hail the grace thy church enjoys; 

Her holy officers are thine 

With all the gifts Thy love employs. 

Up to Thy throne we lift our eyes 

For blessings to attend our choice 
For such whose gen'rous, prudent zeal 

Shall make Thy favor'd ways rejoice. 

When pastor, saints, and poor they serve, 
May their own hearts with grace be crown'd 

While patience, sympathy, and joy 

Adom and through their lives abound. 

By purest love to Christ and truth, 

Oh, may they win a good degree 
Of boldness in the Christian faith. 

And meet the smile of Thine and Thee. 

And when the work to them assign'd. 

The work of love is fully done, 
Call them from sei-ving tables here 

To sit around Thy glorious throne. 

— Old German Baptist Hymnal. 

THE OFFICE OF DEACON originated likely with 
the choosing of "the seven" (Acts 6:1-6). At first 
they were known only as "the seven" (Acts 21:8). But 
those who were called to do the special service of "the 
seven" in other churches were called "deacons" (Phil. 
1:1). Their duties were secular and spiritual, but both 
required their being filled with the Holy Spirit and wis- 
dom (Acts 6:3). All Christian work to be fruitful must 
be performed by those whose lives emit the fruit of 
the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 2.3). The office of deacon requires 
the right use of secular knowledge (Prov. 4:7) and of 



spiritual knowledge (Eph. 1:17). He must have the Spir- 
it of Christ (Rom. 8:9). He must have the Spirit of truth 
(Jn. 16:13) in order that he may know the spirit of 
truth and error (1 Jn. 4:6). Since the word "deacon" 
means "a ministering servant" the spirit of meekness 
is required in the rewinning of the offended and fallen 
(Gal. 6:1). 

After the instruction given for the choosing of the 
seven the Holy Spirit gave more detailed qualifications 
for deacons in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. In some respects their 
qualifications duplicate that of a bishop (1 Tim. 3:1-7). 
Out of "the seven" Stephen and Philip advanced to the 
evangelistic ministry (Acts 6:8; 8:5). The nature of 
their responsibility requires of a deacon and his wife 
that they be reflective, thoughtful, and earnest (1 Tim. 
3:8, 11). Integrity of speech is imperative (1 Tim. 3:8; 
IWatt. 5:37; Jas. 5:12). The phrase "not given to much 
wine" should be regarded in the light of 1 Thessalonians 
2:22 else one would be the occasion of stumbling and 
offense to the young and the weak (Rom. 14:21). A deacon 
must beware of covetousness (1 Tim. 6:9). He must ad- 
here to the primitive New Testament faith (Jude 3; Rom. 
5:1; 1 Tim. 3:9). He should not expect ordination pre- 
maturely (1 Tim. 3:10; 5:22). To make shipwreck of 
faith is deplorable in a minister or a deacon (1 Tim. 
1:19, 20). He must be blameless in conduct (1 Tim. 3:10), 
and serving the Lord with all his house (v. 12), not a di- ' 
vorced person. 

Phoebe was a "servant" or deaconess of the church 
(Rom. 16:1). She ministered to the saints in that ca- 
pacity (v. 2). Deacons and deaconesses should be as- 
sistant pastors (2 Tim. 1:16-18). 

O Jesus, in this solemn hour. 
Be with Thy people here; 

Let Thine authority and power 
To rule Thy church appear. 

O may the choice which we have made ; 

By Thee be ratified; ! 

Thy sei-vants' fitness be displayed, I 

As they are further tried. 

With faithfulness may they fulfill 

The office in their hands, 
And seek to know and do Thy will 

In all that will demands. 

— Old German Baptist Hymnal. 



BEYOND LIFE'S SUNSET 

When the sun is setting in the west 
And our hearts are free from care; 
Can we say we've done our best 
As we kneel for our evening prayer? 

Can we say at the close of day 
We helped some weary soul on his 

way ? 
Did we from the path of duty stray 
And let some weary soul fall by the 

way ? 

We all have a duty, be it ever so 
small, 



And we shall be ready at the Mas- 
ter's call. 
If from this duty we do not shirk; 
For the Master gave us all a work. 

When we meet one that's sad and blue 
Do we give him a hand to help him 

through ? 
Do We lend him a hand up the hill ? 
For to do this is our Master's will. 

When life's sun is setting at the close 

of day, 
And we can see beyond our pilgrim 

way 



A land of light that knows no nighft 
A peaceful land of endless delight,' 

We can see a land which is sublime 
Beyond life's sunset bai-s of time, 
Where sorrows cease and joys in- 
crease, 
Where we can dwell in endless peace. 

And now we can see this land at'ar.^ 
It shines beyond the morning star; ; 
We can hear the bells of hea\eii' 
chime ! 

Beyond life's sunset bars of time. t 
— C. W. Ellis. 



January 27, 1962 



Page Nineteen 



SEEKING WEALTH 



Rev, William Straub 

Scripture Lesson — Rev. 3:14- 
22. Text— Rev. 3:18. "I counsel 
thee to buy of me gold tried in 
the fire, that thou mayest be 
rich." 

THE GREAT question of this 
day and age is: "How can I 
get rich?" There is no question 
but that the larger place in the 
minds of the American people 
today is this, "How can I get 
rich?" But what is moi'e danger- 
ous to the life of the individual, 
to the life of the church than 
getting rich? 

The church at Laodicea was in 
a sad condition. They said, "We 
are rich and increased with 
goods, and have need of noth- 
ing." Here was a church from a 
material standpoint that was 
prospering. No doubt strong Jn 
membership, facing no financial 
problems. It was able to meet its 
obligations when due, other 
churches around them were 
struggling. Some were suffering 
persecutions. Some were torn 
with contention and strife. For 
example, the church at Corinth. 
But the church at Laodicea was 
free from all such problems. 
From every outward appearance 
the church was rich, and in- 
creased with goods and had need 
of nothing, so they said. But 
Jesus said, addressing the 
church, "I know thy works; 
Thou art wretched, miserable, 
and poor, and blind, and naked." 

Your riches are false. Tliey 
'shall perish. You are a spiritual 
bankrupt. What a startling con- 
trast of the false and true. Tliey 
said, "We are rich." He said, 
"Thou are poor." They said, "We 
have need of nothing." He said, 
"Thou art blind and naked." 
They said, "We are happy." He 
said, "Thou art miserable and 



wretched." "Be not deceived, 
God is not mocked." 

Jesus said, "Thou art neither 
cold nor hot. I would thou wert 
cold or hot." They were luke- 
warm. They had lost the glow of 
their first love. They had lost the 
zeal for the lost. Tliey had lost 
the fire and victory they had in 
their early days. This is a pic- 
ture of the churches today. 

The condition of the Laodicea 
church was alarming to Christ. 
They seemed to be unconscious 
and unaware of their danger. I 
read sometime ago of a slesp 
walker. He would get up at night 
and walk in his sleep. If you 
were to meet him his eyes no 
doubt would be opened, but he 
was not conscious of his actions. 
One night he stepped out on the 
porch roof and walked out in 
space and was picked up dead. 
He was walking in his sleep and 
unconscious of his danger. So 
the church at Laodicea was as a 
man walking in his sleep. They 
were unconscious of their dan- 
>ger. Christ undertook to awaken 
them. Christ had a proposition 
to offer to this church. 

He said, "I counsel thee to buy 
of me gold tried in the fire, that 
thou mayest be rich." Don't 
build upon a false foundation. 
Don't depend upon earthly 
riches. Buy of Me gold tried in 
the fire. "Next, buy of me white 
raiment, that thou mayest be 
clothed." Buy of Me the gar- 
ments of Holiness, but how were 
they to buy when they were 
poor ? 

Without money and without 
price, incline your ear and come 
unto Me ; hear and you shall live. 
The church at Laodicea was 
called to make a decision. Would 
they go on contented and satis- 
fied as they were? Would they 
accept Christ's pi'oposition and 



invest in Him? Would they be- 
come heirs of God and joint 
heirs with Christ? Jesus said, 
"Behold I stand at the door and 
knock. If any man hear my voice 
and open the door, I will come 
in to him, and will sup with him, 
and he with Me." 

— Evangelical Methodist 
Preacher. 



HAROLD BARNETT 

receives 

Doctor of Philosophy 

Degree 




REV. HAROLD BARNETT, Presi- 
dent of tlie Riverside Christian 
Training School, at Lost Creek, Ken- 
tucky, received his Ph.D. in Religious 
Education from the University of 
Pittsburgh on August 11, 1961. Broth- 
er Barnett, who is also pastor of the 
Lost Creek, Haddix and Rowdy Breth- 
ren Churches, took his minors iu His- 
tory and Philosophy of Education. 

His Doctorate Thesis is entitled, 
"The Relationship Between Selected 
Personnel and Institutional Factors, 
and the Expressed Attitudes of the 
Sunday School Teachers in The Breth- 
ren Church Toward Certain Types of 
Objectives." 

Dr. Barnett, whose home is at Lost 
Creek, is a graduate of Riverside 
Christian Training School, Ashland 
College, Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary, and received his Master in Edu- 
cation degree at the University of 
Pittsburgh in 1957. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




BOYS' BROTHERHOOD PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 



Bradley Weidenhamer 



THE FEBRUARY PROGRARI which I have chosen 
to develop might be called "The Parable of the 
Soils." It is found in Mark 4:1-12. This passage describes 
four different l<inds of people and their attitudes toward 
Jesus' teaching. Jesus uses this parable to explain the 
meanings of parables, and He tells the disciples what 
this particular parable means. Let's study these verses 
and see what we can learn from them. 

A. The hard-hearted people — 4:1-4 

1. The first seed which the sower sowed fell by the 
wayside; in other words, it fell on a hard-beaten 
path which separated the fields of grain. 

2. This seed couldn't grow and was soon eaten by 
the birds. 

3. Many people hear the word, but they immediately 
shut it out of their hearts. 

4. Satan is ruling their lives, and he fills them with 
other thoughts and temptations. 

5. How do some Christians today fit this description ? 

B. The shallow-hearted people — 4:5, 6 

1. This seed fell on rocky places where there was 
a thin covering of good soil. 

2. It began to grow right away; however, the fact 
that there was not enough soil made it impos- 
sible for the seed to live in the hot sun. 

3. This shows another class of people; those who 
are willing to hear the word and become inspired 
by it but do not remain inspired. 

4. They can't withstand any hardships or persecu- 
tion: their faith isn't sincere enough. 

5. How can we, while we are still young, acquire 
a faith which isn't shallow but will resist temp- 
tations ? 

C. The double-hearted people — 4:7 

1. Some more seed is sown in among the weeds 
where it springs up with hope. 

2. However, this seed is soon choked to death by the 
weeds which surround if and snuff it out. 

3. This reminds us of the people who are willing 
to listen and follow Christ's teachings. 

4. But soon they become engrossed with the pleasures 
of the world and lose interest in their religious life. 

5. This presents one of our most serious problems 
as Christians in this country; how to remain faith- 
ful to and dependent upon God instead of finding 
security in the world. 

6. Read the parable in Luke 12:16-21 and see what 
this has to do with becoming too involved with 
worldly materials. 



7. Also, read what Paul has to say about "conform- 
ing" in Romans 12:2. 
The Pure-hearted people — 4:8, 9 

1. Finally, some seed is sown upon good soil where 
it grows and yields much fruit. 

2. This seed repi-esents, of course, the true Christians 
who are sincere in their beliefs. 

3. They: 

a. want to listen to God with willing and honest 
hearts. 

b. will keep the word so that it influences their 
lives. 

c. witness to others in many different ways, de- 
pending upon their individual abilities, so that 
"they bear fruit." 

4. The other three types of people we have dis- 
cussed may seem to fit in with this, but actually 
they hear without hearing, listen without under- 
standing, and receive without fulfilling. 

5. Discuss some of the ways which we can fulfill 
the three ideas under number 3 in this section. 

Mystery of the Kingdom — 4:10-12 

1. Evidently the purpose of parables is to reveal 
the truth to those who believe but to conceal it 
from the non-believers. 

2. Those who refused to accept Jesus may have heard 
the parables but wouldn't actually have under- 
stood their real meanings. 

3. The parables were designed to help people un- 
derstand, but a man had to believe in Jesus' teach- 
ing before he could appreciate them. 

4. Look in some Bible reference book and find out 
what the word "mystery" means when it is used i 
in the New Testament. , 

I 



WE KNOW THAT: Alcohol is not a stimulant, but a' 
depressant. 

Alcohol is not a medicine. . ."There is no disease for 
which alcohol is a cure." National Medical Journal. 

Drinking alcohol is the only thing under Heaven that 
causes Alcoholism. 

The Superior Court of the State of Pennsylvania says: 
"Alcoholism is a self-inflicted injury." 

The Bible says IT IS A SIN, and further, that i- 
drunkard shall inliei'it the Kingdom of Heaven." 

The Church Member who takes his liquor in moii. 
tion is apt to take his religion the same way. The ' 
Forum. 



January 27, 1962 



Page Twenty-one 



THE END OF GREED 



i 



REV. DONALD E. ROWSER 



TN PREPARING TO WRITE this article I went to the 
dictionary to find what it means to be greedy. It means 
eagerly desirous, especially of wealth and gives us a 
picture of a person who is constantly grasping for posi- 
tion, popularity, wealth or whatever might be in his 
heart. You young men have all heard the words, "That 
person is greedy." Perhaps you have said this of another 
boy or perhaps they said this of you. May we say at 
the beginning of this article that there will never be 
an end of greed in the world as a whole. But the end 
of greed comes as we accept the Lord Jesus as our 
Saviour and then strive with His help to live daily for 
Him. Greed is one of Satan's weapons to draw us away 
from Christ. Let us look at some of the examples in 
God's Word concerning greed and let these examples 
strengthen our lives as we live for Christ. 

I. GREED IN THE GARDEN 

Greed is as old as man himself for we can see the 
result of greed in the garden experience. In Genesis 2: 
15-17 the Bible says that God took man and put him 
in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And 
then God gave man his first command, "You can eat of 
every tree in the garden save one." This was the tree 
of the knowledge of good and evil. The penalty for eat- 
ing of that tree was death. 

Then Eve was created from Adam's flesh and both 
lived in the garden. In chapter 3 of Genesis we see Satan 
tempting Eve concerning God's command to them. He 
said in effect, "You don't really believe that if you eat 
of that forbidden tree that you will really die, do you?" 
Then Eve looked on the tree — notice greed in her life 
now — she saw that it was good for food. Then she saw 
that it was pleasant to the eye. Then she remembered 
it was a tree to make one wise and the Bible says she 
took of the fruit and did eat. Greed for good food, greed 
for nice juicy looking food, greed to be wise led Eve 
to partake. She was eagerly desirous of the food and 
shared it with her husband, Adam. Notice that the re- 
sult of the disobedience to God, this sin of greed, was 
death. Satan had fooled man and he has been trying to 
fool us ever since. 

II. GREED IN BATTLE 

In the book of Joshua, chapter 7, there is an interest- 
ing story of what greed can do to a person. Joshua and 
the people are ready to overtake the city of Jericho ac- 
cording to the commands of the Lord. Only Rahab, the 
harlot who befriended the spies, and her household were 
to live. Joshua gave the command that they were not 
to touch the silver and gold and vessels of brass and iron 
in the city for they were all consecrated unto the treas- 
ury of the Lord. If they disobeyed, the whole camp of 
Israel was to be accursed. So the trumpets sounded and 
the people shouted and the walls of Jericho fell and the 
city was captured; the only ones to survive were Rahab 
and her family. 



The Israelites marched on to the city of Ai and Josh- 
ua sent 3,000 men, thinking that since the city was small 
they could win the battle with a smaller group. But the 
men of Ai killed 36 Israelites and drew them from the 
gates of the city. Joshua complained to God about the 
defeat for he was trusting in the Lord for victory. God 
recalled to Joshua that someone had sinned and had 
taken of the treasures of Jericho. All the people stood 
in families before the Lord and Achan was picked out 
as the transgressor. 

When Joshua asked him what he had done he replied, 
"When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonian gar- 
ment, and two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of 
gold of fifty shekel weight, then I coveted them, and 
took them, and behold, they are hid in the earth in the 
midst of my tent, and the silver under it." Notice the 
result of greed in the heart of Achan. He, his sons, 
daughters, the stolen treasure, his oxen, asses, sheep, tent 
and all that he had were taken, stoned and burned by 
Israel. Greed in our hearts still leads to sin and the 
Bible says, "The wages of sin is death." 

in. GREED IN SERVICE 

When we move over into the New Testament the life 
of Judas shows us what happens again when man's heart 
is full of greed. Judas was a member of the disciple 
band, and was also the treasurer of the group. He had 
been with our Lord for almost three years, serving Him 
and listening to His teaching. The sad thing about Judas 
is that none of the teachings or e.xperiences got into 
his heart — "It didn't sink in." We have a lot of peo- 
ple sitting in our churches for longer than three years 
who have been listening to God's Word and yet Christ 
still does not have them. 

Judas found a way to make what he thought was easy 
money in the betrayal of our Lord. He went to the chief 
priests and elders and made arrangements to betray our 
Lord for thirty pieces of silver. And now, after three 
years of companionship with our Lord he betrayed Jesus 
with a kiss. Here we can see the sin of greed in all of 
its terribleness. Do you see what greed will lead a man 
to do ? But the next morning Judas, when he saw he was 
condemned, came to the chief priests and elders with 
the thirty pieces of silver and declared that he had be- 
trayed innocent blood. "What is that to us?" they re- 
plied. Then Judas cast down the silver in the temple and 
went out and hanged himself. 

As members of the church of Christ we must beware 
of the sin of greed. We are living in days when the whole 
world is eagerly grasping for anything. As Christians we 
must constantly guard against the greed for more things, 
for when we have greed in our hearts, then Christ is 
not able to use us for Himself. The three illustrations 
above from God's Word prove this. As members of the 
Boys' Brotherhood may you guard against the sin of 
greed in your life so that you may be a more effective 
servant for Jesus Christ. 



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YES, GOING OVER FAST is Brethren Youth! During 
'62 we will see bigger and faster cars. . .bigger 
and faster rockets. . .bigger and faster planes. Not to be 
outdone, Brethren Youth has a challenging and fast grow- 
ing program for all young people. 

"Exploring the Depths" is the total church theme for 
this year and Brethren Youth is searching the mysteries 
of God, seeking out opportunities for service and looking 
for challenges. 

Through the Speech Contest we are searching the mys- 
teries of God, in the National Project we are seeking 
opportunities for sei-vice and the Goals provide chal- 
lenges. 

No car, rocket or plane can operate properly unless 
someone is at the controls and someone sees that the 
machine is kept in working condition. The personnel who 
make the Brethren Youth program go are YOU! All 
B. Y. Cars. The National Youth Board, National Direc- 
tor, Youth Directors and Advisors make sure the pro- 
gram is in proper working condition. 

Yes... Going Over Fast is Brethren Youth! 





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"Divine Priorities" 

The theme of the 1962 Speech Contest is "Divine Pri 
orities." This theme is closely associated with the total 
Brethren Church theme for 1961-62, "Exploring thi 
Depths." 

As we are "Exploring the Depths," we learn that Godil 
has some "Divine Priorities." What would be a few of 
His priorities? What do they mean to man? Does God( 
expect certain things from us? 

Consider Luke 10:27: "...Thou shalt love the Lord( 
thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and 
with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy 
neighbour as thyself." 

Local church contests are now being run, then will 
come district and state contests and finally the finals will 
be held from all areas at the National Youth Conference 
in August. 

A revision in the judging has just recently been made. 
Notice of this revision has been sent to all pastors but 
it bears repeating here. A new category has been added 
to the judging. This category is "Biblical Doctrine & 
Spiritual Depth" — 30 points. The other areas are as fol- 
lows: Originality — 15 points; Poise — 10 points; Composi- 
tion — 15 points; Pronunciation & Enunciation — 10 points, 
and Delivery — 20 points. 

In the selection of judges for the contest, an important 
qualification has been added — they should "possess a 
knowledge of the beliefs of the Brethren Church." This 
means the judges may be Brethren people or at least 
people with a knowledge of Brethren beliefs. Of course, 
in all cases the judges are to be impartial to all contest-^ 
ants. 

This is a challenging program for our teenagers. Rise 
to the challenge! 



January 27, 1962 

WHEELS FOR NIGERIA . . . 



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HANDS FOR CRUSADING 

THE WHEEL AND HANDS you see above are a sym- 
bol of the 1961-62 National Brethren Youth Project 
— "Wheels for Nigeria — Hands for Crusading." 

During the '61 Youth Conference, the youth delegates 
chose this as their project for this year and set a goal 
of $8,000. Since the project has two parts, the funds re- 
ceived at Youth Conference will be divided in half. 

Wheels for Nigeria is the portion of the project to 
provide transportation on the Nigerian mission field. We 
all know that such equipment soon wears out when used 
constantly and on rough roads. Transportation is most 
essential on the mission field and Brethren Youth is go- 
ing to put our African missionaries on the go! 

Hands for Crusading, which is the other half of the 
project, is to pi'ovide funds to continue the Summer Cru- 
sading program offered each summer. This gives young 
people an opportunity for service and also supplies needed 
workers in the churches. This is an extremely costly pro- 
gram with transportation costs and scholarships given 
by the National Youth Board. 

Some reports have come in on the progress of 
the Project in local churches. They are doing 
very well. Now is the time to work hard so that each 
youth group can help complete the Project. 

One youth group has had a Slave Day several times 
to raise money. Members of the B.Y.C. go out and do 
various jobs for people and then donate their earnings 
to the Project fund. Other fund raising ideas were sug- 
gested earlier in the October 7, 1961 issue of the Evan- 
gelist. 

Meet the goal! 



GOALS — 1961-62 



Many challenges are presented in the Goals program of 
Brethren Youth. There are opportunities for study in 
Goal No. 6; participation in Goals No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 
9; service in Goals No. 8 and 11, plus carrying a Mem- 
bership card and learning the B.Y.C. Covenant. 

A lesson on the topic, "New Avenues of Christian Wit- 
ness" appeared on these pages in the October 14, 1961 
issue to help you with Goal No. 6. Study materials as 
well as ideas for preparing your meeting room, songs, 
scripture and procedures were included. In the December 
23, 1961 issue of the Evangelist, the topic, "God's Love 
Contrasted Against Man's Love", appeared on these pages. 
Again ideas as well as subject matter was included. 

We would encourage you to meet Goal No. 8 by send- 
ing us a report of your activities at least twice a year 
— an accompanying picture would be greatly appreciated. 
Your report will appear on these pages for other groups 
to read. This is a good way to exchange ideas for meet- 
ings, parties and projects. 

We would suggest that you make someone in your group 
responsible for seeing that all Goals are met. A chart 
could be prepared and placed in the meeting room and as 
Goals are met, the Goalie could check them off. Seeing 
is Believing! 

The little fellow below is hurrying off to meet another 
Goal. Follow his example! 




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NOTES and COMMENTS 

I think that I shall never see 
A Church that's all it ought to be: 
A Church whose members never stray 
Beyond the Strait and Narrow Way; 
A Church that has no empty pews. 
Whose Pastor never has the blues, 
A Church whose Deacons always deak, 
And none is proud, and all are meek; 
Where gossips never peddle lies. 
Or make complaints or criticise; 
Where all are always sweet and kind, 
And all to others' faults are blind. 
Suchl perfect Churches there may be, 
But none of them are known to me. 
But still, we'll work, and pray and plan 
To make our own the best we can. 

— Selected. 



PRAISE 

Praise is a Short-cut to victory. Luther said, 
"When I cannot pray, I sing." 

There is nothing that so well beguiles the pil- 
grim's step, and quickens his pace, when the miles 
are growing long and weary. There is nothing that 
biiings so much Heaven into the heart. 

Singing makes every movement rhythmic, every 
service praise, every act thanksgiving. Sing when 
times are dark; you will make them brig'ht. Sing 
when the house of life is lonely; it will become 
peopled with unseen choristers. Go down into the 
valley of shadow with a song, and you w'ill find 
yourself singing when you awake on the other side. 

— F. B. Myer 



BEING A CHRISTIAN 

Being a Christian is living 
As God would have us live. 

Being a Christian is giving 
All that we have to give. 

Being a Christian is doing 

Things that are pure and good. 

Being a Christian is pursuing 
All that we know we should. 

Being a Christian is keeping 
The Spirit of Christ within. 

Being a Christian is seeking 
The many lost souls to win. 

— M. 



R. B. 



If you run from bad neighbors around you, you 
will find some of them in the next community. 



It is a great comfort to meet people who pr 
little and practice much. 



You cannot live in peace if you place even the 
shadow of a willful sin between yourself and God. 



February 3, 1962 



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itor's 



Our 

giving 

Religion 



/CHRISTIANITY is a "Giving" 
^ religion. On one occasion, an 
Every Member Canvass solicitor 
called upon one of the church 
members for the purpose of ob- 
taining from the member a 
pledge of his stevi^ardship for 
the coming year. The solicitor 
talked about the program of the 
church and about the privilege 
each member of the church had 
to contribute toward the finan- 
cial support of the program. 

The member then began to 
enumerate from his past expe- 
rience a long list of offei'ings, 
appeals, and requests for addi- 
tional financial help. Then he 
said, "This Christian religion is 
nothing but Give, Give, Give!" 

In this, he was exactly right, 
only not in the way he meant 
it. Christianity is a GIVING re- 
ligion. God gave His only begot- 
ten Son — the unspeakable and 
greatest Gift. Christ gave His 
life and gave His Blood to atone 
for the sin of man. The Holy 
Spirit gave power. The early dis- 
ciples gave their witness, their 
lives for the faith. Every suc- 
cessing generation has given 
that the Word might go forth. 
Yes, Christianity is a giving re- 
ligion, else we would have no 
faith and no hope ourselves. 

The non-giver today, the poor 
supporter of the church's finan- 



cial program, is seeking to grasp 
a hold onto the part of Chris- 
tianity which is beyond this life. 
No one actually comes out and 
says so in this way, and we can- 
not judge the heart of any man, 
yet it does appear that a large 
segment of so-called Christian 
believers are counting on the 
eternal status of life without 
bearing their current responsi- 
bilities to a living and growing- 
faith and service. 

It has been said that some feel 
that one trip to the altar is the 
sole payment on a paid-up in- 
surance policy which will usher 
them through the pearly gates 
into a perfect paradise when the 
last of this life's ties have been 
severed. Every church has them, 
pays assessments on their mem- 
bership, keeps their names on 
the roll, and eventually makes 
their obituary notices look re- 
spectable to the public by carry- 
ing the note that they were 
members of a certain church. 

But they contribute nothing, 
and if they meet the solicitors 
at all, will most likely be like 
the one mentioned earlier who 
complained about giving. It is 
unfortunate for the souls of 
such, because unless faith be- 
comes a giving faith, it is no 
faith at all. 

Do you know that you cannot 
hold onto Christianity without 



giving? Christianity is a power; 
it fills our hearts, and then must 
How forth over the lines of com- 
munication to bless the lives of 
others. Our faith and giving are 
welded together. We cannot have 
one without the other. Jesus 
gave a good example of this, 
when, on Palm Sunday, the peo- 
ple were shouting praises to 
Him, and the religious leaders 
of the day asked Him to quiet 
His followers, He said that if 
they were to be quiet, the stones 
would cry out in praise to Him. 

Must the Lord's work suffer 
in this day of great wealth? 
Must the large number of ap- 
peals (and evei'y one a worthy 
one) in our church be cut short 
because of a lack of full re- 
sponse from the people ? Are our 
sights too high ? Is our program 
too big? Should we retrench? 
Should we say that the Lord's 
program isn't worthy of the full 
support of the people? 

Is there not an answer to all 
this? Yes, there is, and it is 
found in the full stewardship of 
life, talents, time and substance. 
The Lord's work was not de- 
signed to be short of either 
workers or funds! Tlie lack of 
full stewardship by His follow- 
ers, has made it so. Cannot we 
change the trend by our full 
stewardship? W. S. B. 



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■"THE SIGN indicates that a 
■^ building permit has been 
granted to erect another house 
of worship. However, this is not 
the beginning, for behind this 
picture is a story that should 
be told. Although the story may 
vary somewhat in different situ- 
ations, it may also serve as a 
guide in further Brethren 
Church extension. 

"Where there is no vision, the 
people perish." We find these 
words in the book of Proverbs, 
and vision is certainly vital in 
any story behind the birth of 
a church. Real vision will com- 
pel both laity and clergy alike 
to extend His witness with all 
haste. In the Brethren Church 
we can point with some pride 
to a number of laymen who, in 
i-ecent years, possessed such a 



vision, coupled with sacrifice, 
much prayer, and hard work, 
which resulted in the birth of 
more churches in a relatively 
short time than in any other 
period in the history of the 
Brethren Church. Dare we stop 
now ? God forbid ! We must press 
on, evangelizing unchurched 
communities and establishing 
lighthouses for God. 

This vision, to be most eff'ec- 
tive, must not be limited to a 
few individuals; it should be 
the impelling force behind the 
entire congregation. Not only 
will a compulsion to begin a new 
work revitalize an existing 
church ; such a church will ex- 
perience progress as was pre- 
viously unknown. Why not try 
the idea of a church — not a Mis- 
sion Board — sponsoring a 



branch Sunday school and even- 
tually an organized church? 
Wild idea? Impi'actical ? Hardly, 
when one realizes that this type 
of church extension is widely 
practiced by groups such as the 
Southern Baptist Convention 
and others, with rewarding re- 
sults. 

In our zeal, preceded by a real 
vision of what can and must 
be done for the Lord, we must 
not be mistaken. Church exten- 
sion is not an easy matter. Nor 
is it something that should be 
entered into without consider- 
able planning and Divine Guid- 
ance. Yes, there are many dif- 
ficulties and much hard work in- 
volved in starting new churches. 
It takes determination and much 
of the grace of God. Do you i, 
want a challenge ? Then begin to , 



February 3, 1962 



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enact this story — the birth of a 
church. 

If we want a new work to 
start on a solid foundation and 
to experience steady growth, it 
will need Divine Guidance ; how- 
ever, God gave man a brain 
which functions, and we need to 
exercise our God-given intellect 
to the fullest extent to accomp- 
lish His purposes. 

One of the most commonly 
neglected processes in a church 
extension project is adequate 
survey. In making a survey, 
such points should be considered 
as population, nearest evangeli- 
cal church, number of prospects 
(realism plays a real part here) , 
possible temporary meeting 
places, availability of adequate 
land for a church, anticipated 
growth, both in immediate fu- 
ture and long-range future. 

A good survey including the 
cooperative effort of many peo- 
ple will entail much time and 
effort. In studying the projected 
development of a community, 
those conducting the survey can 
obtain much help by contacting 
planning commissions. Council of 
Churches, and other agencies 
which can supply information 
and trends — zoning, population, 
religious climate, etc. 

If the results of a survey are 
favorable, steps may be taken 
to begin a branch Sunday school, 
Bible study classes, preaching 
services, or a combination of 
these. The initial step in begin- 
ning services of some type will 
largely depend upon the avail- 



ability of a meeting place and 
leadership. 

A sponsoring church can play 
a major role by furnishing 
leadership. In some cases the 
members will transfer their 
membership ; whereas, others 
will simply lend their talents for 
a period of time ranging from 
six months to two years. Since 
this time depends on the need 
of the new church group, the 
sponsoring church should give 
sustained siupport as long as 
necessary. The assistance, both 
in leadership and in finances, 
should be withdrawn gradually 
as new leaders are developed and 
as more income is realized by 
reason of increased membership 
of the new group. 

The Apostle Paul admonishes 
us, in I Corinthians 14:40, "Let 
all things be done decently and 
in order." He was talking spe- 
cifically about the local church, 
and yet how many times do we 
attempt to do His work today 
with little semblance of organi- 
zation or planning. 

Even though much ground 
work has been accomplished, ad- 
equate financing secured, and 
construction begun, these are 
only the beginning. Since first 
impressions are lasting and im- 
portant, the building itself 
should be pleasing, attractive, 
well-built, functional, and de- 
signed to reflect character and 
Christian faith. I say it kindly, 
yet critically, that a church 
building does not become so 



merely by placing a cross in a 
conspicuous location. We need to 
communicate our Christian faith 
and convictions to the architect 
so that he can bring them into 
focus in designing a suitable 
liouse of worship and instruc- 
tion — one that will reflect the 
Love of God and the honor due 
His name. 

As a matter of first impres- 
sion, the first service held in the 
new building is quite important. 
Considerable planning must be 
done which will include many 
visits in the homes. A good be- 
ginning will bear mucli fruit in 
the years to come if followed by 
a good program ; whereas a poor 
start is often hard to overcome 
and may prove to be a real 
handicap. 

Much more could be said, but 
if you want a real challenge and 
the promise of God's blessing, 
begin now to ask God what you 
should do to make the Brethren 
Church a greater witness for His 
glory. Then, once you are will- 
ing to commit yourself com- 
pletely, pray earnestly that the 
same burden may be experienced 
by others in your church. 

To sum up the story of the 
birth of a church in a few simple 
words: PRAY — COMMIT — 
WORK — GIVE — WORK — 
WORK — WORK without stop- 
ping. May the Holy Spirit plant 
this story in our hearts, and 
may we feel greater concern for 
extending His message and His 
Church. 



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Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for February — "OF GOD'S CARE" 



Writer for February — MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 

February 15th throug'h 21st — "For the Ungodly" 



February 15, 1962 
Read Scripture: Romans 10:1-9 

Scripture Verse: Brethren, my 
heart's desire and prayer to God for 
Israel is, that they might be saved. 
Romans 10:1. 

We are quite aware that the writer 
of these words put legs to his prayers 
and did all he could to get out the 
Gospel message. Dare we do any- 
thing less even if we feel we only 
have one talent? 

A passenger crossing the Atlantic 
was sent to his bunk during a storm, 
because he was seasick. A cry of 
"man overboard" was heard. "IMay 
God help the poor fellow, I'm too 
sick to do anything" was his first 
thought, then he grabbed his light 
and held it in the porthole. The man 
was rescued and recounting his story 
the next day said, "I was going down 
the third time and then someone put 
a light in the porthole and a sailor 
saw my hand and pulled me into a 
lifeboat." 

The Day's Thought 

Does your heart speak to you the 
Savior's words, "she hath done what 
she could" ? 

February 16, 1962 
Read Scripture: Psalm 107:1-9 

Scripture Verse: For he satisfieth 
the longing soul, and fiUeth the hun- 
gry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:9. 

It is impossible for us in our finite 
minds to fathom the depths of His 
love for His erring children. I'm 
thinking of the children of Israel 
how they rebelled against God but 
He still loved them and cared for 
them and for their needs. 

Just as He supplied for the physical 
hunger of the Israelites, He will sat- 
isfy the spiritual hunger of those 
who humbly seek Him. We are re- 
minded of the words of Jesus, 



"Blessed are they which do hunger 
and thirst after righteousness: for 
they shall be filled." (Matt. 5:6). This 
beatitude seems to be dug out of the 
rich mine of the Old Testament. 

Christ is calling the ungodly to 
repentance today. We know that He 
hates sin, but loves the sinner. It 
isn't His will that any should perish 
but that all should have eternal life. 
The Day's Thought 

"O taste and see that the Lord is 
good." Only those who have known 
the Lord personally can tell others 
about His goodness and mercy. 

February 17, 1962 
Read Scripture: Romans 5:1-8 

Scripture Verse: For when we were 
yet without strength, in due time 
Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 
5:6. 

Too often we forget that we are 
never out of reach of God's care, and 
rely on our own strength until we 
realize we have no strength and are 
reminded that He cares for us at 
all times. 

A sorrowing pair of mourners re- 
turned to their home from the ceme- 
tery, the father and his small daugh- 
ter, to spend the first evening alone 
in the home that had been so meri'y 
and joyful. Upon retiring, the father 
tucked his little daughter into bed, 
kissed her goodnight and said, "I'll 
let the light burn so you will not 
be afraid." "Oh no", the little one 
exclaimed, "Mommy always turns the 
light out for she loves me in the dai'k 
as much as she does in the light." 

Do we need to be without strength 
so often or have so many dark places 
in life to remind us that we are 
never out of His care? 

The Day's Thought 
Oh, yes. He cares: I know He cares. 
His heart is touched with my grief; 



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When the days are weary, the long 

night dreary, 
I know my Savior cares. 

February 18, 1962 
Read Scripture: Galatians 4:1-7 

Scripture Verse: But when the ful 
ness of time was come, God sent 
forth His Son, made of a woman, 
made under the law, to redeem them 
that were under the law, that we 
might receive the adoption of sons. 
Gal. 4:4, 5. 

Just ten days before this past 
Christmas, some very dear friends of 
ours received a five-year-old boy for 
adoption. And seven years ago at this 
same time of year, they received a 
three-day-old baby g'irl. Even though 
these two children have different 
earthly fathers, they are now adopted 
into a family where they will have 
the same father. They will enjoy the 
love and protection that children re- 
ceive from their earthly fathers. 

So we who are Christians have dif- 
ferent earthly fathers, yet we have 
been adopted into a spiritual family 
where we have the same Heavenly 
Father. 

Just a few weeks back, thousands 
of people sang, spoke and thought in 
a vague sort of way of the "incar- 
nation." Carols filled the air telling 
of herald angels and the pilgrimage 
of the Magi and the Star of Bethle- 
hem. But how pitifully few of the 
earth's millions knew deep down in 
their hearts the real purpose of His 
coming to this sinful old earth. Again 
we are reminded of God's care and 
concern for the ungodly. 

The Day's Thought 

O that there might be an awakened 
realization in our hearts, especially 
in these dark days, that the Star 
of Bethlehem ushered in God's unfold- 
ing plan of redemption. 

February 19, 1962 
Read Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 

Scripture Verse: The time is ful- 
filled, and the kingdom is at hand, 
repent ye, and believe the gospel. 
Mark 1:15. 

These were the first words spoken 
by Jesus at the beginning of His 
earthly ministry. Just as this was 
the message for the unsaved of that 
day, so it is the message for the 
ungodly of today. 

But how will people hear unless they 
are told ? Jesus immediately chose 
twelve to help Him. In John 15:16 
we read, "Ye have not chosen me, 



February 3, 1962 



Page Seven 



but I have chosen you, and ordained 
you, that ye should go and bring 
forth fruit." He has already chosen 
us; are we heeding this command? 
Just as no one knows the exact date 
or season of Christ's birth, we like- 
wise do not know the date when He 
is coming again. But, He is coming. 
Am I ready ? Am I helping others to 
repent and believe and to be ready 
for His coming ? 

The Day's Thought 

We have all eternity to tell of 
victories won for Christ, but we have 
only a few hours before sunset in 
which to win them. 

February 20, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 15:14-17 

Scripture Verse: Greater love hath 
no man than this, that a man lay 
down his life for his friends. John 
15:13. 

It was a cold, windy day and a 
young woman had just come from a 
cemetery where she had placed a 
wreath of flowers by a simple grave- 
stone. A stranger asked if the de- 
ceased was a close relative. 

"No", she replied, "but the grave 
is that of a brave fireman who saved 
my life when I was an infant. He 
rushed upstairs in my Father's house 
where I lay asleep and opened a win- 
dow and tossed me safely to his brave 
comrades below. He saved me for a 
longer life, and I must prove worthy 
of his sacrifice for me." 

Our Savior and Lord died, when 
young, on a cruel cross that we might 
be saved eternally. Just before He 
died, He said, "This is my command- 
ment, that ye love one another, as 
I have loved you." 

A love so great that cruel suffering 
and death were willingly undertaken 
for our sakes, is the only influence 
strong enough to soften hard hearts 
and draw us near to God. 

The Day's Thought 

How many people have YOU told 
about this great love ? Are we mani- 
festing such love in our lives? 

February 21, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 

Scripture Verse: For God sent not 
His Son into the world to condemn 
the world; but that the world through 
him might be saved. John 3:17. 

A congregation was gathered to 
say farewell to their minister. An 
elderly lady said, "I did not come 
to say good-bye; I came to thank 
you for coming." 



How important was the coming of 
Jesus into the world? How often do 
we bow our heads and say, "Thank 
you God for sending your Son" ? 
Without His coming we would have 
a picture of a world without faith, 
without hope, and without lovs. 

When we celebrate His birthday, 
or His resurrection, when we worship 
in church, when we engage in our 
daily devotions, we cannot escape a 
sense of gratitude that Jesus came 
and was willing to die for mankind. 



zi eiv s 



Vinco, Pa. Brother Henry Bates 
was the January 8th speaker at the 
Union Week of Prayer Service in the 
Moxham Lutheran Church. 

Ashland, Ohio (Garber). Two new 

members were received into the 
church on January 21st. 

Gretna, Ohio. Brother L. V. King 
reports that 91 people attended the 
dedication and open house ceremonies 
for the new parsonage on January 
14th. 

Tlie public service of the Junior and 
Senior Sisterhoods was scheduled for 
the evening of January 28th. 

Goshen, Indiana. Brother Spencer 
Gentle notes that a Mid-Winter Sun- 
day School Rally is scheduled for Feb- 
ruary 11th. An attendance goal of 500 
has been set. 

South Bend, Indiana. Brother John 
T. Byler notes that more than 60 
people are now jDarticipating in the 
weekly Teacher Training Program. 

The Father and Son banquet is 
scheduled for February 9th. 

Akron, Indiana (Cooperative). Cor- 
respondent Mrs. Fred Walgamuth re- 
ports the baptism and reception of 
four new members on December 31st. 

Brother Horace Huse was called as 
pastor for another year. 

Wabash, Indiana (College Corner). 

The W. M. S. public service was sched- 
uled for January 28th. 

Corinth, Indiana. Dedication of new 
flags, American and Christian, and 
holders — gifts of various individuals 



Jesus came to Zacchaeus' home and 
to his heart and Zacchaeus showed 
forth his thanks 'in service. There 
was an inner joy that compelled him 
to exclaim, "If I have taken anything 
from any man by false accusation, 
I will restore him fourfold." 

The Day's Thought 

Does the service I render to Christ 
and to His Church really show forth 
my thanks for His coming ? 






and groups — was held on December 
31st. 

Muncie, Indiana. The Official Board 
of the Muncie church presented a 
Public Service program the evening 
of January 7th. 

Lanark, Illinois. Rev. Edwin Roda- 
baugh, of Cherry Grove, was the 
speaker at a recent laymen's meeting 
in the Lanark church. 

Baptismal services were held on 
January 21st. 



COMING EVENTS 

Elkhart, Indiana 

Evangelistic Services — Feb. 19-Mar. 
2— Rev. William E. Thomas, Evan- 
gelist; Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Pastor. 



"I KNOW THAT IT DOES" 

A preacher was speaking from the 
text, "The Blood of Jesus Christ his 
Son cleanseth us from all sin." He 
was stopped by an atheist wlio asked, 
"How can blood cleanse away sin?" 

For a moment the preacher was 
silent; then he asked the infidel, "How 
can water quench thirst?" 

"I do not know," r-eplied the in- 
fidel, "but I know that it does." 

"Neither do I know how the Blood 
of Jesus cleanseth away sin," an- 
swered the preacher, "but I know tliat 
it does." 

— The Pentecostal Testimony. 



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Meet Your 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 



REV. CLARENCE STOGSDILL is 
pastor of the Milledgeville, Il- 
linois, Brethren Church, where he has 
been serving since January 1, 1960. 
His home church is the First Breth- 
ren Church of Cerro Gordo, Illinois, 
which he left in the fall of 1946 to 
begin his studies in Ashland College. 
He graduated from Ashland College 
in August, 1949, and entered the sem- 
inary there in September. While at- 
tending seminary, he also took a sec- 
ond major in undergraduate level, be- 
sides carrying some extra languages 
along with his regular studies. He 
graduated with the B.D. degree in the 
spring of 1956. 

While attending college and semi- 
nary, Rev. Stogsdill was student pas- 
tor of the Gretna Brethren Church 
of Bellefontaine, Ohio, from 1948 to 
1951. He was pastor of the Canton, 




Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church until 
1953, when he became National Breth- 
ren Youth Director. Following his 
graduation from seminary, he took 
the pastorate at the Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania, Third Brethren Church, un- 
til December 31, 1959. 

He has served in the Ohio District 
as moderator; moderator of the Penn- 
sylvania District; and currently is 
vice moderator of the Central Dis- 
trict. He was dean of the senior 
young people's camp in Pennsylvania 
for three years, and held the same 
capacity in 1961 in the Central Dis- 
trict Camp. He is currently treasurer 
of the Brethren's Home and Benevo- 
lent Board. Prior to his election as 
Vice Moderator of the General Con- 
ference, he served one year as As- 
sistant Secretary, and then three 
years as Secretary of that body. 



Vice Moderator — Rev. 
Clarence A. Stogsdill 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 

FROM CITY TO COUNTRY 

It was our happy privilege to be the pastor of the 
Louisville Brethren Church for nine happy years. We be- 
lieve the Lord did bless our ministry in many ways with 
these fine people. The growth in numbers was not as 
large as in two other fields we have served, but we be- 
lieve progress was made. 

The Sunday School did see a steady growth each year 
for the past 15 years with an average attendance of 
110 in 1946 to 187 in 1961. I doubt if there is a Brethren 
Chui'ch that has seen a steady increase each year for that 
many years. We do not have the records before 1946, 
so do not know whether progress was made earlier. The 
church worship attendance has also seen a steady growth 
in the nine years from 124 in 1952 to 192 in 1961. The 



last month we were with the church, the average was 
199. The membership increased from 272 to 346. The 
Communion Service saw the largest growth in the nine 
years from 94, to 170 in 1961. 

We had tendered our resignation to the church to take 
effect the last of September, but remained with the church 
for the month of October. During this time we had 
the privilege of receiving six more into the fellowship of 
the church. 

During the nine years, many improvements were made 
and additions. Two properties were purchased, making 
a total of five lots now owned by the church. This gives 
ample room for growth in the future. An addition was 
added at a cost of $85,000.00, which gives the church 
ample room for growth. Every department now has its 
own room for an assembly and classrooms for every one 
of the 17 classes. A Junior Church was maintained for 
the nine years as well as three nursery rooms for the 
Sunday School and morning worship period. There were 
three youth groups meeting every Sunday evening at 
6:30. 

Before leaving, the church gave us a wonderful fare- 
well with a new Bible and a large gift in money. To leave 
a church where you have served for nine years is not 
easy. But a pastor must always be open to the call of 
God regardless of fields. God must select the fields we 



February 3, 1962 



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serve. With His leading we liave been led to accept the 
call given by the Gretna Brethren Church. We took up 
our work here the first week in November and occupy 
the new parsonage recently erected here. 

The parsonage was dedicated January 14th at the 
morning worship service. Open house was held in the 
afternoon. An equal number of people were present at 
the Sunday School, morning worship hour, and open house. 
It was a lovely day and a happy experience. This is the 
first new parsonage we have occupied in our 40 years 
ministry. And it is a lovely home. 

The church here, with a membership of 111, has taken 
a step forward in having a full-time ministry and a new 
parsonage for their minister and family. The parsonage 
is located on the next lot South of the church on County 
road 46, just five miles from the city limits of Bellefon- 
taine, Ohio. It is a ranch-type house, 30 x 52, with a 
garage attached, 16 x 24. It has a large living room, 
17 X 24, dining room, three good sized bed rooms, a study 
and IV2 baths. The kitchen is modern with a built-in oven 
and stove. The basement area is under the entire house 
and is large enough when necessary to make four Sun- 
day School rooms for some department. It will also be 
available for class meetings and youth activities. An out- 
side door has been provided for this purpose. 

The building was erected by Emery Hudson, a deacon 
and farmer residing near the home. His entire work was 
donated. Along with careful planning and construction, 
he has saved the church considerable sums of money. 
The cost to the church will be just a little over $11,000.00. 
The church has suff'icient to make a down payment of 
over half this amount. 

The church is indeed fortunate to have such a property 
at so little cost. The material and construction is of the 
best. Will you pray that we may be worthy and capable 
of caring for this wonderful home ? Also that the work 
here might grow in numbers and in spiritual accomplish- 
ments. Our address is Route 1, Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

L. V. King. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



"HE IS PRECIOUS" 

"I have a Friend so precious, 

So very dear to me; 

He loves me with a tender love, 

He loves me faithfully; 

He leads me in the paths of lig'ht 

Beneath a sunny sky, 

And so we walk together. 

My Lord and I." 

CHRIST IS GOD'S GIFT of priceless value to the 
believer (1 Pet. 2:7). All the gifts of God are good 
but Christ is of intrinsic value to the human soul, and 
therefore, transcends all other gifts (2 Cor. 9:15). Take 
away Christ's Saviorhood and we have nothing (Jn. 14: 



6). The "Gift of God" is a transforming gift to those 
who receive Him (Jn. 1:12). This Gift enters into us, 
and becomes part of our deepest being and lives through 
us (Jn. 15:5). When we open our hearts to receive Him, 
He begins to make us like Himself (2 Cor. 4:6, 7). To 
the worldling there is no beauty in Him (Isa. 53:2), but 
to those spiritually alive, He is one altogether lovely 
(S.S. 5:16). 

Jesus is precious as our Intercessor with God (Heb. 
7:25). He is precious for tfhe peace He gives to His own 
(Jn. 14:27). In sorrow He is precious as our Comforter 
(Jn. 14:18). He is prec'ious as our Teacher (Matt. 11:28), 
and our Example (1 Pet. 2:21). We may best know the 
preciousness of Jesus by the trial of our faith (1 Pet. 
1:7). Though faith may take us through the fiery furnace 
and the lions' den we would not detour for we would 
know how precious He is (Isa. 43:2-5). Christ is precious 
because of the faith He bestows (2 Pet. 1:1), the faith 
He promotes (Heb. 12:2), "the faith of Christ" (Phil. 
3:9), the faith that guides us into His saving grace 
(Eph. 2:8). As we lay hold upon His promises. He and 
His promises become to us "exceeding great and precious" 
(2 Pet. 1:4). 

Christ is so precious because His shed blood purchased 
our redemption (1 Pet. 1:18, 19). It's efficacy ever avails 
for the safety of the faithful (Jn. 10:28). It meets their 
constant need of cleansing as they keep their sins con- 
fessed (1 Jn. 1:9). This cleansing is for those who "walk 
in the light" (1 Jn. 1:7). 

"Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood 

Shall never lose its pow'r, 
Till all the ransomed Church of God 

Be saved to sin no more" (Eph. 5:27). 

It is our precious Jesus and His precious blood that 
meets our need of intercession (Heb. 12:24). It meets 
our need of peace (Col. 1:20) with God (Rom. 5:1) and 
of God (Phil. 4:7) — "with God" through reconciliation 
(Heb. 2:17), and "of God" through His sustaining grace 
and presence (Heb. 13:5). The "unspeakable gift" avails 
for the soul of unspeakable worth (Mk. 8:36). And then, 
the blood of Jesus avails for the saints' daily need of 
victory (Rev. 12:11). And of all the innumerable hosts 
of Heaven (Rev. 5:11) not a saint is there without the 
purchasing power of Jesus' blood (v. 9). 

"So precious is Jesus, my Savior, my King, 
His praise all the day long with rapture I sing; 
To Him in my weakness for strength I can cling. 
For He is so precious to me." Etc. 

"Jesus is all the world to me, 

My life, my joy, my all; 
He is my strength from day to day. 

Without Him I would fall." Etc. 

"I've found a Friend, oh, such a Friend! 

He bled. He died to save me; 
And not alone the gift of life. 

But His own self He gave me. 
Naught that I have my own I call — 

I hold it for the Giver; 
My heart, my strength, my life my all 

Are His, and His forever." 



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Theme: ^'Exploring the Depths of 



"THE PRESENT CARE OF OTHERS" 

MR. AND MRS. RUSSELL KUNS, Supt. & Matron, 
The Brethren's Home 



A T THE Brethren's Home we 
■'*■ have nineteen who need care 
and attention. Some need more 
than others, but ah have to be 
looked after, concerning- their 
food, clotlaing, etc. 

Until recently we had two bed 
patients. On January 13th, one 
of these, a former minister's 



wife, - Mrs. Florence Brower, 
passed to the life eternal. 

We have two other former 
ministers' wives — Mrs. Ella Du- 
ker and Mrs. Orpha Beekley. We 
have one minister, Rev. Dyoll 
Belote. All of these have given 
a great part of their lives in ser- 
vice for others. Because they 



Members of The Brethren's Home 
and their Birthdays 



Russell A. Kuns (Superintendent) January 4 

Glenn Pahnestock (Helper) January 16 

Mrs. Ella Duker February 9 

Mrs. Gladys Kuns (Matron) February 13 

Mrs. Lova Walker February 26 

Roy Stonebraker March .3 

Miss Anna Cashour March 22 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley April 6 

Miss Emma Berkheiser April 14 

Merle Walker April 17 

Miss Bessie Coblentz (Nurse) May 6 

Mrs. Myrtle Rainey May 23 

Mrs. Nola Robertson (Cook) May 31 

Mrs. Eva Shanafelt June 18 

Henry Trimmer June 27 

Dave Eller July 7 

Louis Deeter August 15 

Mrs. Goldie Stonebraker August 22 

Geoi'ge Crume September 2 

Mrs. Ruth Ann Fahnestock (Helper) September 8 

Rev. Dyoll Belote September 13 

Mrs. Hattie Mann September 19 

Mrs. Daisy King October 18 

Mrs. Susie Kleplinger November 24 

"They also Serve who 

only stand and wait" 



have done this, why can't we as 
members of the Brethrei) 
Church give of our time and a ■ 
bit of our means, to serving 
others through support of the 
Brethren's Home offering? I 
think of the poem, "Others", by 
C. D. Meigs. 

The Miami Valley Laymen, 
from Ohio, surely thought of 
others when they sent a com- 
plete new hospital bed to the 
Home last fall. Others have sent 
money for floor coverings, 
chairs, etc. Many Christmas 
gifts were sent in, and the Bur- 
lington Brethren continued their 
custom of years by providing 
the turkey for our Christmas 
dinner at the Home. 

The BYC continued their spon- 
sorship of the "Food for the 
Faithful" plus the cash in the 
amount of $214.30 for food. This 
has all been appreciated. 

As we start our new year of 
1962 we will have to purchase 
a new refrigerator — large size, 
15 feet or more, freezer space 
unnecessary. Our old one, vint- 
age 1932, has had many years of 
use. Just as in our own things, 
equipment at the home does 
wear out. Also, we still need a 
new power lawn mower — the 
riding type. These would make 
fine projects for some churclies 
or organizations. 

Many, many thanks, and may 
God bless each one, is o u r 
prayer. 



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God^s Care for Others" 



THE SPIRITUAL CARE OF OTHERS" 

REV. ARTHUR H. TINKEL. Member, 
The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



HAVE YOU HAD to g-ive up the 
dearly beloved place you called 
"Home" ? Has the one you have lived 
with and leaned on for many years 
been taken from you? Or, have you 
rather suddenly been called upon to 
live in a new community far away 
from your relatives, your church, your 
work, and acquaintances ? And per- 
haps, your health has been weakened 
and you are unable to get away to 
visit loved ones and old friends, or, 
to get out and go places? You have 
become a "shut-in". You are tempted 
to feel that you are definitely a "has- 
been". If so, then you can begin to 
appreciate the needs of our aged 
Brethren in the Brethren's Home. 

This is a partial picture of the 
situation many of our aged find them- 
selves in at the Brethren's Home. 
What can the local Pastor do in car- 
ing for their spiritual needs? In the 
light of the above this writer often 
asks himself the question, "What and 
how can God find it possible to use 
me to help meet this need of these 
dear people?" 

One of the causes of so much mis- 
understanding and serious grievances 
is the fact that many of us fail to 
see situations through the eyes of 
others. We need to "walk in their 
shoes" for a time. We do not become 
acquainted with those we are to min- 
ister to. The average minister is so 
busy with programs, and routine ac- 
tivities, that he finds little time and 
effort remaining to use in learning to 
know his parishioners and neighbors. 

What is being done to help these 
people in the Brethren's Home? Sev- 
eral things — They have a fine super- 
intendent and matron, Brother and 
Sister Russell Kuns. These two are 
active in the Flora Brethren Church 



as deacon and deaconess. They are 
concerned about the spiritual as well 
as the physical welfare of these folks. 
Their labors are such, we believe, as 
the Apostle Paul would commend. 
Each' morning at the close of the 
morning meal, devotions are given 
a week at a time by one of the num- 
ber who volunteers. Rev. Dyoll Belote 
presents the Sunday School Lesson 
on Sunday Blornlngs. Each Thursday 
with some variations the undersigned 
meets with those at the Home for 
a period of worship and a message. 
From time to time visits are made 
with those unable to meet together. 
Several have radios and one or two 
TV's. These give some spiritual help 
and information. A Stereo Hi Fi is 
used to present much good Christian 
music and singing. This is wired to 
a few speakers placed in various parts 
of the building. The latter was given 
the Home by the local church. Also, 
and not the least are the many calls 
by ministers and groups from our 
churches within driving distances. The 
people look forward to these with 
great anticipation and resultant en- 
couragement. 



What more could be done for the 
spiritual life of your Brethren's 
Home? A good tape recorder is 
needed with an adequate supply of 
tapes so that church worship services 
could be replayed to them. Or per- 
haps, it would be practical to install 
the proper equipment so that the reg- 
ular Sunday Morning Services could 
be wired "live" to the Home. The 
Stereo Hi Fi and speaker system was 
a dream come true of this writer. 
Now, we hope and pray the above 
mentioned additions, if practical, will 
some day be a reality. 

None of tliese take the place of the 
personal contacts, but each is a help 
in the over-all picture of meeting the 
spiritual care of our aged in the 
Brethren's Home. It is commendable 
how our Brotherhood has responded 
in so many ways and we are convinced 
will continue to do so as it is informed 
of the need and opportunity. IVIay God 
be pleased with our concern for our 
aged brethren. 

Flora, Indiana. 




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PROPOSED ADDITION 1 




T^r.oposed A.OOlTlOVi 

The Brethrem'5 Home 
Aa.'«>iEs [D. anKaoffc 

PWHOOTH INOIAHA 



THE YEAR 1952 started a new 
era at The Brethren's Home. 
It was during this twelve-month pe- 
riod that the number of people re- 
siding at the Home increased from 
seven to appi-oximately 28. The Home 
was filled to capacity, yet applica- 
tions for admittance continued to be 
received. The rapid increase in the 
number of people residing at the 
Home was a common trend expe- 



rienced by most church and fraternal 
homes. 

In several instances, such as the 
Church of the Brethren Home at 
Greenville, Ohio, the increase in ap- 
plications continued to grow, and fa- 
cilities have been expanded one or 
more times. 

The only steps towards expansion 
undertaken by our church Home, in 
recent years, was the completion of 



"THE FUTUIU 

JOHN R. I 

The Brethren's 1^ 
I 

three double cottages. Although -^ 
cottages have provided much n 
space, they have not been the 
plete answer to our needs. 



February 3, 1962 



Page Thirteen 



HE BRETHREN'S HOME 




OF OTHERS" 

I, President, 
Benevolent Board 



you were to visit tlie Brethren's 

6 you would notice that the main 

of the Home is taken up by 

:itchen, dining room, living room 



which is also used as a chapel, super- 
intendent and matron's quarters, and 
two small rooms (single) used by 
the residents. The entire second floor, 
except for a small visiting room, 
is used for living quarters by the 
residents. 

Under present conditions, two prob- 
lems are presented. First — sufficient 
first floor space is not available to 
care for bed patients. This makes 



it necessary to go up and down stairs 
many t:imes a day to carry meals 
and to care for the sick, and secondly 
— more double room space is needed 
to care for couples who's condition 
requires that they reside in the main 
building. 

Conditions have not improved since 
1952. Help is difficult to obtain for 
this type of work and what help is 
available must be used as efficiently 



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as possible. Conditions such as these 
has made it necessary that a study 
be made to determine what action 
to take for the betterment of our 
people who wish to take up residence 
at the Home. 

Early in 1961 an architect was en- 
gaged to draft preliminary plans for 
additional housing facilities. These 
plans were presented to Conference 
last August; first — for informational 
purposes, and secondly — to obtain 
your comments. These plans appear 
above for your information. 

It is proposed to add a new two- 
floor wing to the main building. The 
wing to be attached to the east side 
of that portion presently housing the 
dining room and extending in a 
northeasterly direction. Such an ad- 
dition would provide more rooms on 
the first fioor to care for those con- 
fined to their beds, and rooms for 
those which second floor quarters are 
difficult to reach from the dining 
room and living room. Also additional 



rooms on the second floor would pro- 
vide space for those waiting to get 
into the Home. The size of the rooms 
would be such that they may be used 
as single or double rooms. 

To those of you who have visited 
the Home, I need not point out the 
needs, for you have recognized the 
need for such an expansion program. 
Many of you, like the Brethren of the 
Udell and Johnstown Churches, have 
taken action to promote the addition 
by establishing a fund to be used 
for the building program. Thanks for 
your contributions and thoughtfulness. 

To you who have never visited the 
Home, we welcome your visit and 
insist that you arrange an inspection 
trip in the near future. You will be 
pleased with what you see, but you 
will also recognize at once that the 
needs for additional facilities are 
great. 

When the plans are finalized, we 
will advise you of the cost of such 



a project. At this time the cost, based 
on preliminary plans, should be 
$100,000.00 to $150,000.00. 

If each member of the Brethren 
Church would give $10 towards the 
building of this much needed addi- 
tion, sufficient funds would be avail- 
able to complete the building and ■ 
equipment without further appeal. I 

It must be understood that such ' 
a gift is in addition to the regular * 
benevolent offering lifted in Febru- 
ary. 

Caring for our elders is our obliga- 
tion. God holds each and every one 
of us accountable for our treatment 
of the Brethren. A true love for the 
Lord is shown in how we love our 
brother. You are being given an ex- 
cellent opportunity to express your 
love by giving to the building fund 
and to the benevolent offering. How 
great is your love ? 

Covington, Ohio. 



"How Our Church Helps To Care For Others" 

REV. HERBERT GILMER, Member, 
The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



FOR THE PAST three years our 
W. M. S. groups have enjoyed 
sharing garden surplusses with our 
Brethren's Home. Large-size glass 
jars are available at the Home for 
such purpose. Our ladies enjoy filling 
the jars. They know this is another 
missionary work that should be done, 
which is close to Roann. Also the 
Brethren ought to support their own 
phases of work. In the month of No- 
vember we have a combination of 
Thanksgiving and "Pood For The 
Faithful" Service. All the food that 
was canned in the summer months, 
plus canned store food and fruit is 
brought to the main sanctuary of the 
church. A table is placed in front of 
the pulpit, and the food placed on 
top of the table and also the sides. 
The glass cans are arranged according 
to type of food. 

Two things are accomplished by such 
an ingathering of food. First: It helps 
us to realize that God has bounti- 
fully blessed us with good garden 
food; thus we find joy in sharing 
these good things with others. Sec- 



ondly: It is Thanksgiving time; thus 
we are better able to thank God 
by seeing all this food in the Sanc- 
tuary of God. 

During the same week arrange- 
ments are made to take the food to 
the Home. The ladies and the pastor 
usually take an extra supply of food 
along for the noon meal in the Home. 
It is good to sit around the tables 
in the dining hall with our folk in 
the Home and have fellowship while 
we eat together. A program is given 
soon after dinner to the folk in the 
Home, by our group. If there has been 
some things made for the people of 
the Home, we give them to them on 
the same day also. There is a great 
satisfaction in this type of sei-vice 
to our elderly folk. 

Last summer, our Senior B. Y. C. 
and their sponsors went down to the 
Home on a Sunday, and presented a 
])rogram for the aged. This did our 
youth a lot of good and I'm sure 
the folk of the Home got a bless- 
ing also. Our Youth left our church 
at the noon hour, each one taking a 



sack lunch. After their program was 
over an evening lunch was served at 
the Home. This mission helped the 
youth of our church to realize that 
this is the Brethren's Home and that 
there is a work to be done there, that 
is worthy of their notice. 

Our youth met the same evening 
with the Flora B. Y. C. group. An 
evening sen'ice was enjoyed with 
them also. You can see that our youth 
had a fine memorable day with each 
other, and with the older Brethren 
in the Home. We would like to en- 
courage other churches in Indiana and 
Ohio Dis'tricts to do something sim- 
ilai'. A blessing awaits those who 
will plan to visit the Home. Always 
contact the Home well in advance 
of your coming so there will be no 
needless conflicts with other groups 
coming in. Many visit the Home dur- 
ing Christmas, so try some earlier 
months or early spring dates. This 
will distribute visits more evenly 
throughout the year for the Home. 

Roann, Indiana. 



February 3, 1962 



AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR YOU! 



Dear Brethren: 

The hour is at hand when 
your officers of the Brethren's 
Home and Benevolent Board 
must come to you with an ap- 
peal and some information about 
the services of this Board. 

The Brethren's Home is vital- 
ly necessary. Our church, like 
all others, has those who must 
have our care. They are worthy 
people, some of whom have no 
other place to live, others prefer 
to live at our Home, where they 
have the fellowship of people of 
like faith and age. This Home 
is owned and controlled by the 
Brethren Church. It is supply- 
ing a real need. However, we 
must remember that it cannot 
support itself. It requires a 
Superintendent, a Matron, cooks, 
those who clean and do laundry, 
and not the least is the care 
which must be given to some 
of those who dwell there. 

These dear people must not 
be forgotten. They have labored, 
some as ministers, some are 
now widows of ministers, others 
as lay-workers for many years 
in the church. 

Brethren! We have this op- 
portunity, a privilege to serve 
with our gifts, an institution 
which helps to do what Jesus 
did in His time while here on 
jearth. This Brethren Home min- 
Jisters to those who are weak 
or homeless and cannot ade- 
quately care for themselves. 

This year, the need is great. 
Oflferings of the past have in no 
ways been sufficient to cover 
expenses. Therefore, the Treas- 
urer has been forced to dip 
deeply into resources to cover 
expenditures. The Board has 



plans for a new wing on the 
main building but if our re- 
soui'ces are used, how can the 
much-needed additional facilities 
be provided? As brought to the 
attention of General Conference 
this past August, additional 
rooms are necessary on the first 
iloor to care for those confined 
to their beds. It is most diffi- 
cult to provide the right kind 
of care when those charged with 
such duties must continually 
climb stairs. 

Listen — for the past few 
years our offerings in February 
have not increased in propor- 
tion to operating cost. Your 
Board has done everything pos- 
sible to prevent a reduction in 
the small allowance given to 
those receiving aid from the 
Benevolent Board (Superan- 



nuated Ministers Fund). God 
forbid that this meager sum 
ever be reduced. This special 
help each month goes to peo- 
ple — ministers or their widows, 
who do not live at the Home. 
However, they do need this 
small help. 

We have many avenues of 
service through the Church, but 
be reminded that none could be 
rated above our conduct and our 
care of those who have carried 
the load and burdens of the past. 

Please use your envelope and 
give generously this year. Feb- 
ruary is the time. If you are 
a non-resident you may mail 
your gifts directly to Rev. C. 
A. Stogsdill, Box 428, Milledge- 
ville, Illinois, or through your 
home church, but please name 
your church, if mailing direct. 



The Brethren's Home and Benevoleni- Board 



CARE ENOUGH TO SHARE WITH THOSE 

who have given their years of 

active service, and who are now 

counting on your gifts for the 

necessities of life. 

The designated day this year is 

February 18, 1962, 

but your gift Is acceptable at any time. 

SHARE BECAUSE YOU CARE 



The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 
of the Brethren Church 



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THE BOARD THAT CARES FOR OTHERS" 




DORMAN L RONK, Secretary, 
The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



THE BRETHREN'S HOME 
and Benevolent Board has 
the responsibility of the opera- 
tion of The Home, and supei'- 
vision of the Superannuated 
Ministers' Fund. Although our 
readers may be acquainted witli 
the Board members, may we in- 
troduce ourselves. 

The president is John R. 
Johnston from Covington, Ohio. 
He is a member of the Pleasant 
Hill Church, and is Senior De- 
sign Engineer for Frigidaire, 
Dayton Division. 

Russell Rodkey, the vice presi- 
dent, farms near Kokomo, In- 



diana, and is a member of the 
Burlington Church. 

The secretary' is Dorman L. 
Ronk, Ashland, Ohio. He is em- 
ployed as Plant Engineer at Ash- 
land College. 

Rev. Clarence A. Stogsdill, the 
treasurer, is pastor of the Mil- 
ledgeville, Illinois, Brethren 
Church. 

Other members of the Board 
include Rev, Herbert Gilmer, 
pastor in Roann, Indiana. 

Ernest Fair, a member of the 
Pleasant Hill Church, farms 
near Ludlow Falls, Ohio. 



Carl Denlinger is retired and 
lives in Dayton, Ohio. 

Kerniit Bowser, associated 
with the State Tax Commission, ^ 
is from New Lebanon. 

Our newest Board member is 
Max Miller from Nappanee, In- 
diana. He is employed at the 
Vitreous Steel Products Com- 1 
pany of Nappanee. I 

Mr. Miller replaces Rev. L. V. j 
King, who had faithfully served 
for forty years. At the 1961 
General Conference, a standing 
ovation was given Rev. King in 
appreciation of his services. 



How The Miami Valley Laymen 
Care For Others 



BENJAM5N CAREY. Layman. 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio 



ABOUT SIX months ago a need 
was brought to the atten- 
tion of the Miami Valley Laymen. 
Three Brethren, residing at the 
Flora Home, were bedfast. Some 
HOSPITAL BEDS would be much 
appreciated. 

In corresponding with Brother 
Kuns, the men learned which type 
of bed and accessories would be 
desirable. At the October rally we 



passed a motion that such a bed 
be purchased and delivered to the 
Home. This has been done and we 
have received a letter of thanks 
from Brother Kuns. 

At this same rally Brother Rob- 
ert Zimmerman, of the Gratis 
church, offered a used hospital bed 
and this one has been delivered to 
the Home also. Lately I have 
learned that the Dayton laymen 



have a used bed which they intend 
to give. Thus, this need has been 
relieved. 

Many opportunities of helpful- 
ness still exist. Brother Johnston 
informs me that at the present 
time the large refrigerator is bro- 
ken down and must be replaced. 
Perhaps your organization can as- 
sume this cost; or assist in one of 
their other needs. 



February 3, 1962 



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Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 



Lesson for February 11, 1962 

LIVING TOGETHER IN THE FAMILY 

Text: Exodus 20:12; Mark 7:9-13; John 19:25-27 

THE FAMILY is the basic, most important unit of 
society. As are the families, so is the society. A 
church, community or country never falls apart unless 
first of all the families of which they are made fall apart. 
The Ten Commandments are given in order of their rela- 
tive importance though all are imperative to our well- 
being. So it is that next to our honor to God we are ex- 
pected to give honor to our iDarents. That there is a very 
great need for Americans to build again the family al- 
tars of our predecessors goes without saying. The great 
rise in crime and moral breakdown can be attributed, 
for the most part, directly to the breakdown in the spir- 
tual life of the families. 

onor Thy Father And Thy Mother — 

1. Parents must realize that while the Bible teaclies 
hat children should honor them it also teaches that this 
onor is won by careful training on the part of parents — 

eut. 6:6, 7; Titus 2:3, 4; Eph. 6:4. Extravagant spend- 
ng and cheap love talk should not be mistaken for gen- 
ine love which is expressed by sweet firmness — Prov. 
L3:24. Only properly disciplined children will be con- 
ident in and honor their parents. 

Children, too, bear a definite responsibility to honor 
heir parents. The seriousness with which God regarded 
his responsibility can be seen in Exodus 21:17. The 
ilea that "I was young and foolish" carries little weight 
vith God when we consider all the help and knowledge 
hat God is wanting to give to any Christian young per- 

n, and for that matter to any teenager. 

Jesus struck out at this kind of "traditional rule" in 
Hark 7:9-13. The statement "Corban" is an explanation, 
vhich, when stated, meant that the money thus declared 
vas a gift to God. "God does not seek a gift wrung out 
if the necessities of parents" (Ambrose-Higley). Jesus 
laught that in a certain respect our love of God is ex- 
)ressed in our attitude towards others and especially 
our parents — Matt. 18:10. 

The object of Jesus' criticism of this tradition of the 
^harisee was that children were using it to escape re- 
iponsibility. Others used it in various forms of corrup- 
ion as forcing the poor to go to extremes in paying 
lebts. The supreme law of God is love which must be 
iractised first of all in the home. When Jesus died on 
he cross He was working redemption for the world. As 
mportant as His work was He saw that His parental 
esponsibility was well taken care of. 

This command is with the promise that when we take 
are of our family responsibility we automatically will 
eceive the blessing (Eph. 6:2) of a strong, continuous, 
.ational life. 



DISCIPLINE IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 
Part One 

THE FOLLOWING article is to be the first in a series 
of several articles on the subject, "Discipline in the 
Sunday School", which will be printed in successive is- 
sues of The Evangelist. These articles will consider the 
following factors as they relate to the problem of dis- 
cipline: the teacher, the pupil, specific discipline situa- 
tions, and today's article which considers the relation 
of environmental factors to discipline. 

THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT 

"An orderly atmosphere is conducive to an orderly 
pupil." The Sunday School classroom should he kept as 
neat and clean as possible with chairs in order, song 
books and quarterlies in their proper places, floors clean, 
etc. A nicely painted classroom — yellow or bufl' for dark 
rooms, green or blue for rooms witli plenty of sunlight 
— is also conducive to good class atmosphere. Likewise, 
furniture plays a part. Unsightly looking chairs and 
tables should be painted or replaced. Also, it is very 
important that chairs be suited to the pupils. If young 
children sit in chairs made for adults, their feet do not 
reach the floor and they cannot lean back without par- 
tially reclining. The result is wiggling, weariness and 
unrest. 

Large classes and especially overcrowding are also 
conducive to poor discipline. Five to eight pupils makes 
a good size class through the 9th grade, especially for 
the inexperienced teacher. Overcrowding results in al- 
most certain disorder. One child, in his effort to make 
himself comfortable may jostle his neighbor. There is 
immediate retaliation. Put two boys in one chair, and you 
will usually have a fight. Put two girls in one chair, and 
they'll soon be giggling. 

Another common occurrence which is a severe hindrance 
to discipline is the practice of having several classes in 
close proximity with only curtains, or perhaps, noth- 
ing at all to separate them. Separate rooms is the only 
satisfactory answer. Curtains which cut out visual dis- 
tractions but not sound will not suffice. 

Other distractions and hindrances include poor ventila- 
tion, extremes in temperature, no provision for wraps 
which must be handled, interruptions by the S. S. sec- 
retary and superintendent, etc. 

True, many of these are small matters, but they can 
and do have an influence on class discipline. It is the 
wise teacher who will stand back and take a long hard 
look at his classroom situation to see those aspects of 
the environment which can be improved, and then does 
something about them. It is suggested that the teacher 
be in his classroom each Sunday morning 15 minutes be- 
fore the beginning of Sunday School so that the room 
may be put in order before the pupils arrive. 



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W. M. S. 



News 



Hillcrest Brethren W. M. S. 
Dayton, Ohio 

We women of the Hillcrest Breth- 
ren feel that it is about time that 
we present some news about our very 
lovely society. A number of our ladies 
attended the Miami Valley Rally in 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio, this past fall and 
extended an invitation to come to 
Dayton in the fall of 1962. 

We have ten women attending to 
the volunteer service work at the 
Miami Valley Hospital once a month. 
We also have about seven women 
sewing, making bandages, ulcer pads, 
etc., once a month in the morning 
before our covered dish luncheon and 
devotional program and business 
meeting. Of course, some come for 
the afternoon who do not attend the 
morning work and we average a very 
good attendance. We have these same 
blessed seamstresses sewing an ex- 
tra day once a month on the layettes 
for our missions. 

We believe we shall meet our read- 
ing goal, that is if we keep up the 
good start that has been made. Mrs. 
Hazel Lehman will review our mis- 
sion book in April. We have only 
one new member so far, so please 
ladies, get to work! 

The Woman's Missionary Society, 
along with the Pathfinder's Class filled 
eleven baskets for our shut-ins for 
Christmas. 

We are trying to keep everyone's 
dishwater colorful with nice new dish- 
cloths and thus make some extra 
cash for the missions. Our treasury 
will be swelled as a result of the best 
chicken pot-pie supper you have ever 
eaten in February. 

We leave now with the prayer on 
our lips that God may bless all of 
our missionaries at home and abroad 
and increase our spiritual health. 
Mrs. Margaret Elliott, 
Corresponding Secretary. 



Fremont, Ohio 

We in Fremont wish to express 
our thoughts on the W. M. S. mate- 
rial in the past year. The writers 
have done a wonderful job and it 
looks like the coming year will be as 
good. 

The writer has just finished the 
recommended book, People's Padre, 
and thinks it should be read by all 
Brethren and not just the ladies. Af- 
ter reading it stop, meditate and 
thank the Lord that you are a Breth- 
ren. 

Our accomplishments here may not 
be great, but we would like to share 
them with others. 

Because of leadership we have com- 
bined the Senior Sisterhood with the 
Woman's Missionary Society and it 
has worked well thus far. 

Two of our ladies worked extremely 
hard on a quilt to sell in our own 
group. 

Our Mother - Daughter endeavor 
this year was well attended. We had 
a dessert smorgasbord and the pro- 
gram was by the local mothers and 
daughters. 

There have been several bandage 
rolling sessions. 

In August we invited the entire 
church to homemade ice cream at 
the Ross home. This was well at- 
tended and we look forward to another 
one when summer comes. 

The ladies at the County Home en- 
joyed our program, cards and hankies 
in December. Again this year we had 
a Christmas party for the Lost Creek 
teachers, workers and their families 
but due to the weather a group from 
there was unable to attend. However, 
the gifts were sent later. 

We pray that the Lord will grant 
us courage, strength and fortitude 
that we might do more for Him in 
the coming years. 

Mrs. Ruth Ross, 
President. 

Papa go Park 

Our group has been busy the past 
few months with clothing drives and 
helping a missionary worker to the 



Indians in Arizona get the clothing . 
sorted and mended so that articles 
would be ready for Christmas. 

We had this missionary worker 
speak at our public service. We cer- 
tainly were awakened to a great need 
for both physical and spiritual help 
right at our doorstep. 

Pray for us that we may help reach 
out to these people and win them to 
our Savior. 

Mrs. Jasper Price. 



The 
Woman's 
Corner 

Edi+h Rodkey 



Greetings from the Woman's Corner, 
Editor Benshoff asked if I would 
take over this space in the Evangelist 
each week. Since the Outlook is pub- 
lished only once each quarter, I really 
miss writing to you and I welcome 
this opportunity for a weekly contact. 
This space can be very profitable to all 
of us if we use it rightly. If your 
society has a problem, write and tell 
me about it. Then I will share the 
problem and the answer (if I can) 
with our readers. Also if your society ' 
has made a great accomplishment, 
let us share it, too, with others. Any 
good idea for our W. M. S. work or 
constructive criticism — I will be wait- ' 
ing to hear from YOU. i 

Today the thermometer has holered 
around five above zero. Recently my 
mother had a cataract removed iivim 
one of her eyes and she had an ap- 
pointment with the eye doctor, so 
we drove into Kokomo. (Russell 
thought we used poor judgment.) 
While I was in town I used somel 
of my Christmas money and traded! 
typewriters. My old one was nearljil 



February 3, 1962 



Page Nineteen 



20 years old. The car was warm and 
we really did not get cold. However 
it is good to stay home tonight. 

I did a good deed this evening, or 
sorta thought I did. I called and 
called for Percy, the dog, to come 
and eat his suppei-. He didn't come, 
so I felt sorry for him and took his 
food to the garage. After he had 
eaten, I gave him a bone and would 
you know it, he ran out and laid in 
the snow and began to gnaw the bone. 

This evening I have been looking 
through my scrapbook and found this 
poem I would like to share with you. 
This is a reminder that our days 
will be happier and more profitable 
if begun with prayer. 

I started early with my chores 
And even so I started wrong, 
My labor yielded me no gain — 
I should have started with a song. 
I battled time this trying day 
To find my efforts were a loss; 
I had to leave so,me plans undone — 
Task multiplied and I grew cross. 
Tonight I ponder while I rest — 
All day I fought rebellious tares. 
Yet that has always been my lot 
When days do not begin with prayers. 
In His Service, 
Edith Rodkey. 

WINDOWS OPEN OUTWARD 

To be able to look backward and 
say, "This has been the finest year 
of my life," is glorious! But to be 
able to look ahead and say, "The 
present year can and shall be better!" 
— that is more glorious. If we say 
such things about our achievements, 
we would be wrong. 

If we are speaking of God's kind- 
ness, and we speak truly, we are 
but grateful. This is what I do wit- 
aess. I have done nothing but open 
windows, God has done the rest. There 
lave been few, if any, conspicuous 
achievements. There has been a suc- 
cession of marvelous experiences of 
the friendship of God. I feel, as I look 
hack over the year, that it would have 
leen impossible to have held much 
aiore without breaking with sheer joy. 
It was a year filled with some sor- 
row, some heartaches, and some lone- 
iness, but full of voices from, heaven. 

It closed beautifully. The men, wo- 
nen, and children of our church gath- 
ered for a watch night service. We 
)egan our program at eight o'clock 
md continued it until midnight. The 
ast forty-five minutes were the most 
vonderful moments of the old year. 
A''hen our minister asked us to bow 



our heads and pray that someone 
would be saved in this last moment 
of the old year, I felt that some- 
where, someone was asking God for 
guidance from the Holy Spirit. 

As for me, I resolved that I would 
succeed better this year with my 
experiment of filling every minute 
full of the thought of God. 

I also added another resolve — to be 
as wide open toward people and their 
needs as I am toward God. Windows 
open outward as well as upward. Win- 
dows especially open downward where 
people need me most. 

Submitted by 

Mrs. Charles G. Gift, 

Wayne Heights Brethren Church. 

AT YEAR'S END 

Dear God, I thank you for this year 
That now is near it's end 



For health and strength and happiness 

And every faithful friend. 

I thank you for my daily work 

Each failure and success 

And for the courage to go on 

In time of strain and stress. 

Dear God, forgive the many wrongs 

I did throughout the year 

My foolish discontent and 

Each unnecessary tear. 

Forgive the negligence in me 

The prayers I did not say 

The opportunities and all the time I 

whiled away. 
And help me through the coming 

months 
With grace and strength anew 
That I may give my best on earth 
To praise and honor you. 

Submitted by Mrs. Ruth Ross. 

(Author unknown) 



THIS EARTHLY HOUSE 

You tell me I am getting old, But that's not really so. 
The house I live in may be worn and that, of course, I know. 
It's been in use a good long time and weathered many a gale, 
I'm therefore not surprised to find it's getting somewhat frail. 

You tell me I am getting old. You mix my house with me; 
You're looking at the out.side. That's all that most folks see. 
The dweller in the little house is young and bright and gay. 
Just starting on a life that lasts through long eternal day. 

The color changing of the roof, the windows looking dim. 
The walls a bit transparent and getting rather thin, 
The foundation's not so steady as once it used to be 
.\nd that is all that you observe, but it's really not me. 

I patch the old house up a bit to make it last the night, 
But .'oon I shall be flitting and getting rather thin. 
The foundation's not so steady as once it used to be. 
And that is all that you observe. But it's really not me. 

The.se few short years can't make me old, I feel I'm in my youth, 
Eternity lies just ahead, full of life and" joy and truth. 
We will not fret to see this hour grow shabby day by day. 
But look ahead to our new home which never will decay. 

I want to be made fit to dwell in that blest house above. 
Cleansed in the precious blood of Christ and growing still in love. 
The beauty of that glorious home, no words can ever say, 
'Tis hidden from these mortal eyes, but kept for us some day. 

My house is getting ready in the land beyond the sky. 
Its architect and builder is my Saviour now on high; 
But I rather think He's leaving the furnishing to me, 
So it's "Treasure up in Heaven" I must store each day and see. 

— Sara Brvanf 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




The 

President's 

Message 



Isaac B. Litton 



CHRISTIANS ON MONDAY MORNING 






WHAT WE THINK ABOUT in church on Sun- 
day has a way of disappearing into the 
background when we go to work on Monday. 
Machinery starts running in the factories. Brick- 
layers resume their construction work. Stores 
open. We again become part of the immense 
routine of daily life. 

Who can calculate the vast expenditure of hu- 
man energy taking place around the world in 
a single day: automobiles manufactured, shoes 
repaired, or many other jobs? Most of the work 
is in response to simple necessity, to make the 
bread, clothing, telephones, and typewriters we 
will use up in due time. 

But as machinery and industries become more 
complex and productive, there is an increasing 
margin of things which are not essential for our 
survival which add to our comfort and pleasure. 
To persuade us to buy them, skilled craftsmen 
in the advertising agencies and television studios 
work ceaselessly to stimulate our desires. 

INTO THIS MONDAY morning world of mass 
production and consumer demand come the chil- 
dren of God who have worshiped their Creator 
in their churches on Sunday. This is the world 
in which we must exercise our liberty in which 
Christ has set us free. Here is where we must 
experience the kinship with our brothers into 
which Christ has knit His followers. 

What chance have we of being free from keen 
desire for higher wages, more profits, better 
houses, new cars? These may all be good things, 
and Christians are not people who want to live in 



the desert without any property or enjoyment. 
But these things can easily become too impor- 
tant to us, taking up a dangerously large part 
of our thoughts and energies, separating us from 
God. 

We face a sharp test of the extent to which 
we ai'e set free in Christ in this matter of our 
desire to acquire (probably on easy monthly pay- 
ments) more property than we really need. The 
big reason why many people feel the need of 
so many things is that other people have them. 
We don't want to lose out in the competition of 
being as successful and prosperous as the people 
around us. 

BUT WHEN WE have found liberty in Christ, 
we are more concerned about God's opinion of 
us than with what our neighbors think. If other 
people have fine possessions, we are glad they 
have them, but feel no need to try to keep up 
with them. "A man's life does not consist in the 
abundance of his possessions," said Jesus. 

Some people are more intelligent, stronger, bet- 
ter looking than we. The natural reaction is for 
us to be jealous and try to find a way of show- 
ing that in some respects we are superior to them. 
A large part of the drama of daily life consists 
in working out our plans for proving we are not 
inferior to anybody. 

But we have come a long way on the road to 
Christian liberty when we are released from the 
delusion that we must compete with our neigh- 
bors. Then we are fiee to consider them as real 
people. 



February 3, 1962 



Page Twenty-one 



THE SIN of which we are most often guilty 
is of thinking of people not as people but as 
things. They are the hands we employ in our 
factory, or rivals we are trying to pass on a way 
to a better job. Their meaning to us as Children 
of God is lost to us while we are in slavery to sin. 
As Christ saves us from being self-centered, 
other people gi-adually begin to appear to us as 
we are to ourselves. 

This is where the talk about freedom and unity 
in Christ begins to make everyday sense. We are 
actually freed from the obsession of acquiring 
all the latest things our neighbors have, and we 
are liberated from thinking of other people as 
instruments to help us feel a greater sense of 
self-importance. 

In this liberation from competition we also 
find ourselves no longer harried by the basic an- 
xieties of life, such as worrying about whether 
we can keep our jobs, or our health, or life itself. 
This is always an uncertain world, and no one 
can be sure he will not get into an accident or 
serious illness. But in the new world of helpful- 
aess, affection, and trust which is created for us 
through faith in the ever-present Christ, we do 
lot spend our strength worrying about things 
that may never happen. If serious difficulties do 
Bome, we know that in Christ we will be given 
strength to endure them. 

WE ARE LIKELY to experience frequent at- 
tacks of selfishness even as we are growing to- 
ward becoming more Christlike. But the influence 
jf the Christian gospel works in us. We come 
repeatedly to the altar where the sacrament of 
)ur Lord's last supper is administered. God does 
jrapple with our selfishness and shows us its 
igliness. 

This world could in a twinkling of an eye be 
jaradise if all of us suddenly were to let Christ 
3e our Lord. Things don't happen that way. But 
jod never ceases to work in us through the gos- 
pel to free us fi^om ignorance, prejudice, and ill 
OTll which in the everyday world so commonly 
ifflict us. It is this close connection between 
learing the gospel and living it in our daily situa- 
;ions which becomes clear to us as we grow more 
nature as Christian believers. 

Some people suppose that if they have gone to 
;hurch and have contributed generously they 
lave fulfilled their full duty toward God, and can 
vithout blame, be themselves in their normal 
nanner through the rest of the week. They think 
;hey have stored up merit by their church at- 
;endance. This, of course, is to miss the whole 



point of the Reformation which affirmed that all 
people, every day, fall short of God's intention 
for their lives. In daily renewal of our faith in 
Christ as our Saviour, our sins are forgiven and 
we are strengthened for new efforts in Christlike 
living. 

OUR LIFE TOGETHER in the congregation 
where we have found our salvation through Christ 
is the central source of strength for our efforts 
to be forgiving and helpful towards our neighbors. 
This is the unity of the Christian life, which de- 
pends on God's constantly renewed gift of grace 
to us through the gospel, and which seeks ex- 
pression in loving service in the great world of 
our every day lives. 

Is there evidence that the church, with its per- 
sistent preaching of its gospel, produces results? 
This is the question likely to be asked by the 
Monday morning world, which judges organiza- 
tions and production lines by the efficiency 
of their output. There are no statistics to prove 
anything regarding the church. 

God alone is the judge of how swiftly His 
kingdom is coming, and His ways of calculation 
are not our ways. We have His assurance though, 
that wherever His Word is preached thei-e will 
be results, for He is responsible for growth of 
the seed that falls on good ground. 



NEWS BITS 

[capsule form) 



LOCAL LAYMAN OFFICERS: Have you read the goals 
sheet lately? Please take special note of number 4. The 
other eleven are also vi'orthy of your best attention. It's 
still time to concentrate on them and accrue a very fine 
score come next August. Conference dates again: 13 
through 19. 



SOUTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT 
LAYMEN'S MEETING 
at MEXICO, INDIANA 

February 19th — Supper, 6:00 p.m. 

J. C. Draper, Secretary. 



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B rethren greetings 

■ Youth FROM THE LAND OF 

' Crusaders much beef ... Argentina 



OVER THREE MONTHS have 
passed since we boarded the 
train for New York. They have been 
days full of activity and new expe- 
riences in the Lord. Our trip was 
calm and restful. On shipboard were 
about one hundz-ed passengers. Most 
of these were South Americans with 
whom we engaged in conversation 
concerning our faith in the Living 
Lord. The majority of these were typi- 
cal of so many — with eyes and hearts 
set on things of the world. We were 
permitted to conduct services on 
board, and besides, we attended Evan- 
gelical services in Recife, Brazil and 
in Montevideo, Uruguay. 

But after eighteen days on the sea, 
it was good to get back and settle 
down again. The Rowseys and Solo- 
mons, June and David Palaci, as well 
as many other friends, gave us a 
royal welcome and helped in many 
ways. The children were delighted to 
be "home" again and to find familiar 
faces and things. 

We almost immediately found our- 
selves in the whirl of activities that 
keep one busy here at the center of 
the radio work and the Mission Head- 
quarters. The end of September found 
Rob attending the World Vision Pas- 
tors' Conference in the interior provi- 
dence of Cordoba. Drs. Bob Pierce, 
Frederick Huegal, Dr. Ramm, and Dr. 
Rees were the excellent speakers and 
over 500 pastors and workers enjoyed 



a real spiritual retreat. Rob and Bill 
Fasig were in charge of the music 
said those preachers REALLY sang. 

In October we had a week of meet- 
ings hez-e for our own Pastors with 
nightly public sez-vices in two parts 
of the city, this being followed with 
our annual delegate conference. Su- 
san and Jane each have children's 
classes in the local Chuz-ch and Rob 
is in charge of two churches — Gerli 
and Floi-encio Vaz'ela, pz-eaching ev- 
ery Sunday, as we have no pastoz'S 
thez-e. Jane has had six or seven 
women's meetings, but we have fouzzd 
little time for visitation. The United 
Evangelical Choir has presented sev- 
eral programs and we az-e now re- 
organizing for the Billy Graham 
meetings here in October 1962. The 
goal is for a 1,000 voice choir. We 
believe we'll reach it. Alz-eady prep- 
az'ations are being made for this 
campaign with Billy Graham. The 
Choir will be singing on Fi-iday Even- 
ing, at which time a picture will be 
shown of the campaign in Madison 
Square Gaz-den. 

A week ago Monday night, we saw 
the film, "Through Gates of Splendor" 
bi'ought here by Mr. McCuUey, father 
of one of the martyz'S. The Spanish 
tape was prepaz-ed here in the studio 
with Rev. Vangioni doing the narra- 
tion and Bill Fasig the oz-gan and 
piano musical backgz'ound. They did 
an outstanding piece of work. The 



laz-ge rented hall was packed to ca- 
pacity and nearly a thousand people 
turned away — such is the interest. 

Much of Jane's time has been spent 
preparing meals for God's servants 
who come and go from this place. 
When the tz-affic and expense become 
a bit heavy, we try to remember the 
"angel unawares" scz-ipture and all 
the blessings of hospitality. To give 
a small idea of how many different 
folks we've had in and out (not al- 
ways for meals, of course, sometimes 
a cup of coffee or tea and cake or - 
shai-ing the soup, etc) This morning 
a pastor from Rosario and one fromi 
Coz'doba, this afternoon an occupa-j 
tional therapist fz-om England, andi 
tonight two bz-and new missionariesa 
fz-om Maine (named King!). 

Last week one night after serving! 
the children supper and putting them'l 
to bed, Jane sez-ved 3 more meals at) 
11:30 and then two moz-e at 3 a. zn. i 
This was duz-ing the Spanish "dub- 
bing" of the film, "Through Gates of 
Splendor" and the men woz-ked into 
the night. So Jane and Rob pz-ovided 
the physical sustenance and moral 
support to see them through to the 
fine completion. Much of this type of ' 
woz-k will be done hez-e as the Billy 
Gz-aham films arz-ive and must have 
the Spanish sound. That same week 
we served no less than ten or twelve 
extz-a meals — one night having a fine 
Swiss Christian gentleman here with ' 




February 3, 1962 



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hree Argentine men. He will distrib- 
ite our Spanish broadcast through- 
lUt Europe. He is doing a lot of work 
n Youth Camps and Retreats for 
'oung people from Berlin, Spain, 
taly, France and Austria. He heard 
if our camp in Cordoba and wants to 
isit it on his return here. 

By opening our home in this man- 
ler, our hearts are often filled with 
inexpected blessings by receiving the 
estimony and experience and prayer 
lelp of God's servants from many 
lifferent places. They become a source 
if encouragement and inspii-ation as 
rell as a real blessing to our family 
.s they meet around our table. God 
;rant that our home may always be 
pen to other members of God's dear 
amily from the local church, our 
Argentine friends from the other 
hurches, and missionaries and work- 
rs who come and go in collaboration 
nth the church work and the radio 
i^ork. 

May the peace of God and the grace 
f our Lord Jesus Christ and the 
omfort of the Holy Spirit be with 
■ou all. 

—The Bylers. 

Dditor's Note: Missionary on fur- 
lough, John Rowsey, tells us that 
in Argentina big, juicy steaks are 
available at prices little more than 
the American hamburger. There- 
fore, on occasion when the crew 
"eats out" steaks are in order — thus 
the title for this article! 



"IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL" 

The Southeastern District Rally was held November 
25th at the Washington, D. C. church. 

Jerry Jenkins led the singing, Edna Jane Harrison read 
scripture, the prayer was given by David Cooksey and 
Nancy Cooksey gave a welcome to everyone. Sally Mc- 
Clanahan, president of the district, conducted the business 
session. 

Officers elected were president, David Cooksey; vice 
president, Mark Logan; secretary, Shirley Cox; treasurer, 
Nancy Cooksey. 

After Meeting for Electing, approximately 145 young 
people had their Meeting for Eating with spaghetti and 
meat sauce being the main feature. National Director, 
Marlin McCann, was also a feature at this Meeting. 

Meeting for Quizzing came at the 7 p. m. hour. The 
quiz teams "showed their stuff" and the rally closed with 
a candlelight service. 



Gretna Reports 



On the evening of October 21, 1961 
the Gi-etna B. Y. C. had a hayride, 
with 30 young people attending. After 
the hayride, the vice president, Marion 
Swonguer, had devotions, and refresh- 
ments of barbecue, hot chocolate and 
potato chips were enjoyed. 

The Gretna B. Y. C. also had a 
party on November 25, 1961 in the 



church basement. About 35 people en- 
joyed the various games which were 
played. The vice president, Marion 
Swonguer, had the devotions, and re- 
freshments of hot chicken sandwiches 
and potato chips were enjoyed by ev- 
eryone. 

— Arlene Hurley, 
Corr. Sec. 




fouth Week — May 14-20 
Youth Sunday — May 20 



Watch for the Theme to be announced soon. 

Look for plans of youth activities fronn the 
to 20th 



14th 



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WHEN THE WETS ARE DRY 
Fletcher Spruce 

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saloon at 30,000 feet, but he demands a dry pilot 
for his airliner as it sails through the blue. Per- 
haps he likes a legal drink or so every day, but he 
wants a dry surgeon when his wife faces a deli- 
cate operation. Or he brags that his lovely little 
daughter can attend an adequate school financed 
by liquor taxes, but he is cautious lest some drunken i 
maniac attack, run down, or kidnap his little girl 
on the way to that school. He likes a drink noW' 
and then as he rides on the train, but he expects 
the engineer to be bone-dry on the entire trip. He i 
may like to stop at every roadside tavern he comeS 
to, but he expects the driver of his car to keegi 
the bottle at arm's length. Maybe he voted for the ■ 
repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment, but if he is 
on a steel twelve stories up erecting a skyscraper, - 
he expects the crane operator handling that beam i 
to be very dry and very sober. Or, even if he likes 
a bootleg drink now and again, he still expects 
his son in the armed forces to be under the com-i 
mand of a dry officer. There are times when even i 
the wettest of the wets are bone-dry! 

Quiz the fine young man who is spending thep 
best years of his life in the Ohio penitentiary fori 
the turnpike murder of seven with his automobile i 
while under the influence of legal liquor. . .or quiz 
the twenty-two-year-old murderer of three teen-i 
agers who was too drunk to' know how it happened i 
...or quiz the relatives who mourn at those teijj 
graves so fresh and so cold. All will agree that iti 
is high time for the wets to shout, "Dry," and the ' 
drys to shout louder! 

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KEEPING VICTORY 

Meet your Savior in the morning 

In the secret place of prayer. 
And obtain the strength and courage 

That you'll need for ev'ry care; 
Meet your loved ones and your neighbors, 

Meet your friends and meet your foes; 
Meet the sinner and the Christian 

With sweet peace that overflows. 

Meet your trials and your problems. 

Meet your heartaches and your sighs; 
Meet your many disappointments. 

And whatever sorely tries, 
With a heart of love and kindness 

And with faith that reaches God, 
Knowing that His hand will lead you 

Up the way that saints have trod. 

Walter E. Isenhour. 



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February 10, 1962 



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^^KidnappedF^ 



THE FOLLOWING incident 
has been going the rounds 
in a number of church bulletins 
printed by our pastors; the ver- 
sion varies slightly, but the 
truth is evident. So, we pass it 
on to the Brotherhood with the 
prayer that all parents will con- 
sider carefully its message. 

CHILD KIDNAPPED 
AT OUR CHURCH 

"Yes, I saw it with my own 
eyes. A ten-year-old child was 
kidnapped right out of our 
church just last Sunday. 

"A person who was supposed 
to have a good reputation, was 
a member of our church — se- 
cured the cooperation of some 
other people nearby, and 
grabbed this little one by the 
arm and started out the door. 
At first, I had the impulse to 
jump off the platform and race 
back to stop this child stealing. 
Then I thought the ushers would 
do it, so I sat still, but they 
were too busy. 

"My heart sank as they tossed 
the little one in the car and 
roared away. It was the worst 
thing that I have ever seen. I 
wanted to call the police; I 
wanted to dismiss the service 
and get a posse, but I didn't. 

"You see, the child was 'kid- 
napped' away from God's wor- 
ship by someone who didn't stay 
for church." 



It has always puzzled this 
scribe as through the years we 
have observed people who felt 
that the Sunday School hour 
(good in itself, and necessary) 
was all that was needed for a 
full worship of God on the Lord's 
Day. Every pastor faces this 
problem every Sunday morning 
and has felt the sinking feeling 
as he witnesses parents and chil- 
dren tui'ning their backs on the 
worship service by going out 
after the Sunday School hour. 

A few moment's reflection 
should put things in their proper 
perspective. The primary pur- 
pose in coming to church on the 
Lord's Day is to worship God. 
For the purpose of worshipping 
and praising Him in life, we 
were created. The worship ser- 
vice is designed to increase our 
fulfillment of the purpose of our 
lives ; to give us a chance to 
praise His name and to receive 
strength and encouragement for 
the week ahead. The Sunday 
School is the teaching ministry 
of the church, and is designed 
to help us to become more expe- 
rienced in the big business of 
witnessing, praising and wor- 
shipping. 

The worship hour, dear 
friends, is that hour when the 
family, as a body, is drawn 
closer together, and becomes a 
part of the great body of Chris- 
tian believers in giving united 



praise to God. Each soul is en- 
couraged to find a closer com- 
munion with God. God becomes 
real to each one — not only a 
Spirit or Person you read and 
study about — but a real Indi- 
vidual, Friend, Savior, Helper, 
Counsellor and Lord. In worship, 
we honor Him, seek His help 
and receive assurance of His 
continued interest in our wel- 
fare and the promise of his con- 
tinued and sufficient help. 

The family that fails to get 
this each week in the worship 
service is endeavoring to build 
a house without mortar, nails 
or other materials designed to 
liold the building together. 

Sometimes, the mechanics of 
the service may be a little rough, 
the messenger and the music not 
the most eloquent nor the 
smoothest, yet worship is neces- 
sary for the individual and the 
family — and, when we speak of 
entering into the worship ser- 
vice, we mean also that our 
hearts enter in along with our 
bodies, so that when the blessed 
hour is concluded, we can go on 
our way rejoicing because our 
soul met God in worship. Let 
us make the worship hour each 
Sunday a family proposition, 
with instruction to even the very 
youngest of the meaning of the 
service, "so that when he is old 
he will not depart therefrom." 
W. S. B. 



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REPORTING FROM NIGERIA 

Part III 



Kulp Bible School 

The school is in its second year 
of operation. All of the original 25 
students are still enrolled and most 
of them are making great strides in 
their work. 

In February the students and staff 
went on a tour for a period of three 
weeks. The 25 students were divided 
into five teams, which visited 16 vil- 
lages. The students remained in each 
village for one week, preaching, 
teaching Bible classes, leading dis- 
cussions on current problems of Ni- 
gerian Christians, and visiting the 
people of the areas. The meetings 
have had a great impact upon the 
villages, and the students had excel- 
lent practical experience. There will 
be a similar program in 1962. 

One of the major problems facing 
the Bible School is the fact that the 
district will be unable to add new 
housing and classroom facilities re- 
quired if a new class of students is to 
be enrolled in 1962. The cost of these 
increased facilities for 25 new stu- 
dent families will be approximately 
$4,800. It is feared that this stra- 
tegic program in the development of 
the Nigerian church will be further 
delayed, unless outside help can be 
found. There are many young men 
who have made application to enter 
the school in 1962. IMust we keep them 
waiting? 

A chapel is also essential if we in- 
crease our student body. At the ijres- 
ent we are holding services in one of 
the classrooms. The crowds spill out 



of the room onto the veranda. The 
attendance has grown steadily from 
102 to the present average of 183. 
Students and staff are contributing 
$2.80 per week for a new chapel, but 
at this rate it may take from 15 to 
20 years to raise sufficient funds! 

If it is possible to take a new class 
in 1962, we plan to add a Nigerian 
family to the teaching staff. We hope 
that in the near future half of the 
staff will be Nigerians with a Ni- 
gerian as the principal. These staff 
changes can be made as quickly as 
qualified people are available. 

The Nigerian district is thrilled 
with the Bible School. They truly 
look upon it as their school. They are 
making much use of its facilities, for 
conferences and committee meetings. 
The district has contributed nearly 
$5,600 as its first share of the build- 
ing cost for the school. More than 
half of this amount has come directly 
from Nigerian Christians. 

Agricultural Program at Kulp Bible 
School 

Each student has two acres of farm 
land. They are learning the value of 
crop rotation and to plow with oxen. 
We were unfortunate this year in 
having four oxen stolen. Students al- 
so used the oxen and ridging plows 
for cultivating the land which is a 
new innovation in this area. 

The farms were fertilized with cat- 
tle manure and super-phosphate. The 
school has a dealership from the gov- 
ernment and can therefore sell com- 



mercial fertilizers to the students at 
subsidized prices. 

All the peanut and guinea corn 
seed was treated with an insecticide. 
As a result, replanting was unneces- 
sary. Some of our neighbors replanted i 
as many as four times. Others came 
to buy the insecticide after they saw 
that we were not replanting. In such'i 
ways, our farms have attracted the 
attention of the community. 

Each student had a garden adja- 
cent to his compound planted with 
seeds which were sent through mate- 
rial aid. The students have become 
accustomed to many of the vegetables, 
but others are difficult for them to 
cook, and probably will remain for- 
eign to them until they adopt dif- 
ferent methods of cooking. 

Attempts to start a poultry project 
have been hampered by lack of ade- 
quate housing and by disease among 
the students' poultry. Some good 
foundation stock is now on hand and 
the project should move forward. 

There are three additions which 
would make our program more ef- 
fective: One is the completion of the 
Rural Development center which will 
soon become a reality. The second is 
a need to furnish worthy graduates 
with oxen and plows so they can be 
more effective in their local com- 
munities after graduation. The third 
is for more mechanization. A tractor 
could be used here to a great advan- 
tage as well as doing custom work 
in the local community. Also, a ham- 
mermill would make our work easier. 



February 10, 1962 



Page Five 



$10 CLUB 
CALL . . . 
KOKOMO 

A call was issued in January for 
;he church at Kokomo, Indiana and 
mil continue in effect until June .30, 
L962. All members should have re- 
;eived notice of the call by now. If 
t'ou are not a member, why not join 
today? Remember the ol' saying, 
'don't put off until the morrow what 
fou. can do today"? 

We are gratified by the response 
:hus far to the current call. We like 
;o think that such promptness is in- 
licative of a sense of urgency which 
;s so vitally needed. Thousands are 
lying each hour as we go about our 
laily tasks with an air of complacency 
;o the utter lostness of man without 
Christ. 

Dr. Frank Laubach coined the 
)hrase, "Each one teach one" and is 
mown the world over for his pro- 
gram of literacy based upon this idea. 
fust think of the growth we could 
■ealize if each $10 CLUB MEIWBER 



would take a similar slogan, EACH 
ONE GAIN ONE, by enlisting one 
new person as a member of the $10 
CLUB. 

Is this too much to ask for ex- 
panding the borders of The Brethren 



Church for the glory of God? Would 
you be willing to become a more ef- 
fective builder for Christ by encour- 
aging someone to join hands with 
you as a faithful supporter of the 
$10 CLUB? 



Mission Board Meeting — Feb. 26-28 

(THIS SHOULD BE THE CONCERN OF ALL BRETHREN) 

Barring unforseen conflicts, the Board is scheduled to meet on February 
26, 27, 28. A full agenda is almost assured since the Board has not been in 
session since the annual meeting last August. Again we seek the eai-nest 
prayers of the entire denomination as the entire Board endeavors to carry 
out Y-O-U-R missionary program both here at home and abroad. 

SPECIAL PRAYER IS REQUESTED as the Board wrestles with the 
problem of insufficient finances to carry out the existing program at the 
forthcoming meeting and in the annual budget meeting in May. The finan- 
cial condition is reaching a rather crucial state because the response to the 
Home Mission Offering shows virtually no increase over last year whereas 
a 25% increase was imperative. Likewise the World Mission Offerings re- 
ceived to date are running behind those of last year. The Board has proved 
their faith in God and you through an ever expanding program. This, how- 
ever, is only half the picture. To be complete, you too, must exercise faith 
by giving of the FIRST fruits of your monies for the can-ying out of this 
program — evangelization of the world. 

The Missionary Board's program is your program and therefore we are 
urging EVERY Brethren and EVERY church to make this a matter of spe- 
cial prayer this month. 




ITEMS FOR 



Prayer and Praise 




rhat God's will may be sought and fol- 
lowed among the members of the Mis- 
sionary Board during their forthcoming 
meeting. 

For continued improvement in the health of 
our missionaries who have been ill. 

or a greater sense of urgency for mis- 
sions and response throughout the en- 
tire Brotherhood. 

or the much needed funds not only to 
carry out the existing program but to 
develop the many areas of opportunity 
and responsibility that lie at our very 
doorstep. 

"hat God will grant The Brethren Church 
a mission vision unsurpassed in her his- 
tory. 



For loyal mission supporters through their 
faithful prayers and gifts. 

For the opportunities to minister in Argen- 
tina and Nigeria. 

For the witness of faithful believers both 
here at home and abroad. 

For the arrival of Valerie Jean Rowsey on 
January I, 1962 and answered prayer 
on behalf of Regina. 

For all our Ambassadors for Christ serv- 
ing in Argentina, Nigeria, and here in 
the United States. 



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Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: 
Theme for February 



'EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
-"OF GOD'S CARE" 



Writer for February — MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 
February 22nd through 28th — "For the Christians Today" 



February 22, 1962 
Read Scripture: Revelation 22:1-5 

Scripture Verse: When you pass 
through the waters, I will be with 
you, and through the rivers, they shall 
not overwhelm you. (Isaiah 43:2 
Smith). 

Late one afternoon a young man 
strolled into a graveyard. He did not 
have long to live. Seeing the many 
tombs, He said to himself, "Soon I 
am to be buried here." 

It began to grow dusk. Suddenly 
a little girl came jumping and sing- 
ing by him. "How can you jump 
and sing in this place?" the young 
man asked her. 

Pointing to the other side of the 
cemetery, she asked, "Can't you see 
that shining light yonder? It's my 
home. There my father and mother 
are waiting for me. I'm going home." 

Joy filled the young man's heart 
as the words of the little girl lay 
hold upon his mind. He, too, would 
soon be going home to be with God, 
his Heavenly Father. 

We have this promise that He will 
be with us in the darkest valley. 
The Day's Thought 

Does the thought of "passing 
through the waters" frighten you ? 
Would you be ready for heaven to- 
morrow ? 

February 23, 1962 
Read Scripture: II Corinthians 12:1-10 

Scripture Verse: There hath no 
temptation taken you but such as is 
common to man; but God is faithful 
who will not suffer you to be tempted 
above that ye are able; but will with 
the temptation also make a way of 
escape, that ye may be able to bear 
it. 1 Corinthians 10:13. 

This verse certainly is a consola- 
tion to us under temptation. But do 
we stop to realize what a wonderful 
promise it is? In these days, Chris- 



tians have temptations, not in the 
limited sense of allurements to sin — 
but trials or distresses of many kind 
which test and purify the Christian 
chai-acter. 

Small Bobby was trying to save 
all the pennies he could to buy war 
stamps. But it was a difficult job. 
One night he was saying his prayers 
when his mother heard him plead 
earnestly; "Lord, please help me to 
save my money — and don't let the 
ice cream man come down this street." 

Bobby was wanting the Lord to 
make it easy for him and how many 
of us have been guilty at one time 
of praying just as Bobby did ? God 
has not said He would keep the 'ice 
cream man off the street, but He has 
promised a way of escape or strength 
to endure. 

The Day's Thought 

"My brethren, count it all joy when 
ye fall into divers temptations; know- 
ing this, that the trying of your faith 
worketh patience. But let patience 
have her perfect work that ye may 
be perfect and entire, wanting noth- 
ing." 

February 24, 1962 
Read Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-14 

Scripture Verse: I have been young, 
and now am old; yet have I not seen 
the righteous forsaken, nor his seed 
begging bread. Psalm 37:25. 

We need courage today as we look 
out upon a chaotic world — a dangerous 
world. The person who lives by sight 
instead of faith has as his constant 
companion uncertainty, gnawing fear 
and ever-increasing sense of futility. 

We need to examine afresh the 
words of the Psalmist, "Trust in the 
Lord with all thine heart, and lean 
not unto thine own understanding. In 
all thy ways acknowledge Him, and 
He shall direct thy paths." Let us 
rest in God and trust in Him. 



The Psalmist is speaking very 
calmly, from years of experience, and 
with much conviction that God will 
not forsake His own. Too much em? 
phasis is placed on monetary valuei 
today. Maude Royden once saia 
"When you have nothing left but 
God, then for the first time you be* 
come awai-e that God is enough." 

The Day's Thought 

It is good to check up once in a 
while, and make sure you have not 
lost the things that money cannot 
buy. George Lorimer. 

February 25, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 10:6 

Scripture Verse: And when he put- 
teth forth his own sheep, he goeth 
before them, and the sheep follow 
him; for they know his voice. John 
10:4. 

Some of my recollections of child- , 
hood is that of having a pet lamb. ; 
Then I can remember of my father! 
telling me not to try to drive the I 
sheep through a gate, but to let himi 
call them through. 

I have read that in Palestine the| 
shepherds walk together and the 
sheep mingle. But when one of the 
shepherds leaves and calls his sheep, 
they know his voice and follow him 
away from the other sheep. Even 
above the bleating of the lambs, they 
hear his voice. 

There are so many calls and de- , 
mands for our time and talents to- j 
day. Amid the din and confusion of i 
the world, do we recognize His voice? 

The verse says that He goeth be- 
fore them. Then we have the promise 
that He will lead us safely over the 
rough terrains of life. 

The Day's Thought 

We must be careful to stay with- 
in the sound of His voice. 



February 26, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 12:1-11 

Scripture Verse: For he shall givfi\ 
his angels charge over thee, to keep 
thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11. 

This promise is given to those whtf 
trust in Him. Do you believe 
guardian angels ? I'm sure all of 
at one time or another have had § 
narrow escape — and have bowed o' 
heads and said "Thank you Lord f( 
your protecting care." 

Peter was delivered from pris' 
and said, "Now I know of a sure^ 
that the Lord has sent His angel 
and hath delivered me out of the hai 
of Herod." Prior to this incideni 



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February 10, 1962 



Page Seven 



;here was a prayer meeting being held 
:or Peter's deliverance. 

Should we go on our way rejoic- 
ng expecting God to watch over us, 
)r should we ask for His protection ? 
'. have taken many trips, that before 
;he engine was ever started, heads 
vere bowed and those in the car were 
intrusted to God's care and keeping. 

The Day's Thought 

ire you left your room this morning, 

)id you think to Pray? 

^n the name of Christ, our Savior 

Did you sue for living favor 

Vs a shield today? 

February 27, 1962 
lead Scripture: Psalm 91 

Scripture Verse: Casting all your 
:are upon him; for he careth for you. 
. Peter 5:7. 

"You can throw the whole weight 
if your anxieties upon him, for you 
ire his personal concern." (Phillips 
;ranslation.) 

If you have a problem with a pur- 
ihase and go to the store and present 
'our complaint to the manager, and 
le tells you he will give the matter 
lis personal attention, you feel that 
Tou. will receive action. The Lord 
fives all our problems and anxieties 
iis personal attention. Do we believe 
t? 

A widow had reared six children of 
ler own and adopted twelve others. 
She was asked how she had been 
ible to raise all these children and to 
lo so well. She replied, "It has been 
'ery simple. I'm in a partnership." 
ier questioner asked her what kind 
)f partnership. The woman replied. 
'One day, a long time ago, I said 
.0 the Lord, I'll do the work and 
rou do the worrying." She had 
Iropped her troubles in the care and 
ceeping of the Almighty. 

The Day's Thought 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect 
aeace, whose mind is stayed on thee." 

February 28, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 17:6-11 

Scripture Verse: I pray for them; 
[ pray not for the world, but for them 
fvhich thou hast given me: for they 
are thine. John 17:9. 

These words are a part of Jesus' 
intercessory prayer to His Father to 
preserve His apostles and all other 
believers. In other words, you and I 
are included in this prayer. In verse 
twenty Jesus says, "Neither pray I 
for these alone, but for them also 



which shall believe on me through 
their word." 

As Jesus prayed for His followers, 
we need to heed the advice of James 
when he said, "Confess your faults 
one to another, and pray one for 
another." When we pray for others, 
we learn to see them as God sees 
them. Prayer not only builds up our 
relationship with God, a means by 
which we come to know His better; 



it also can create a new relationship 
with those around us when we re- 
member them in our prayers. Chris- 
tian love nurtured by prayer, can de- 
stroy hatred, suspicion and mistrust. 
The Day's Thought 
May we through prayer and love 
dedicate ourselves to help build up 
in this world the family spirit, to live 
as Thy children showing loving con- 
cern for one another. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



18 CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES 
SLAIN IN CONGO 

BRUSSELS (EP)— Congolese sol- 
diers from Stanleyville murdered 18 
Roman Catholic missionaries and 
many Africans January 15, in Kon- 
golo. Northern Katanga Province, the 
Belgian radio reported here. 

The massacre was reported in Bu- 
kavu, Kivu Province, by a number of 
missionaries who escaped from Kon- 
golo after the town was taken over 
last month by the troops from Stan- 
leyville. 

Katanga President Tshombe re- 
ported on January 1 that his forces 
had abandoned Kongolo. He claimed 
that the invading troops were under 
the orders of the central Congo gov- 
ernment in Leopoldville, but reports 
since have indicated that they were 
loyal to pro-Communist Dep. Premier 
Gizenga. 

"KING OF KINGS" A FAILURE, 
SAY IRISH CRITICS 

DUBLIN (EP)— "King of Kings," 
a film version of the life of Christ, 
received almost unanimous disap- 
proval by Irish movie critics when it 
opened here. 

The heartiest criticism was leveled 
at Jeffrey Hunter, who plays Jesus. 
The Irish Times described his char- 
acterization as a "milk and water 
figure, whose meekness does not con- 
ceal anything that could be remotely 
construed as divinity." 

Siobhan McKenna, an Irish actress, 
Ijlays Mary, but her countryman critic 
spared her not. "Siobhan McKenna's 
Mary, all sweetness and tight-lipped 



smiles," he wrote, "stuck in my gul- 
let particularly." 

The Evening Herald headlined its 
review of the film: "It's a Great Fail- 
ure." 

The Sunday Press said flatly: 
"Christ cannot be portrayed by any- 
one. A director who sets out to pre- 
sent His personality on the screen is 
lost from the word go, because by 
doing so he makes Christ human, one 
of us, an actor playing a part. Christ 
goofing a scene, Christ with no hair 
under his armpits. But where is the 
mystery of the Man ? Where is the 
Power, the Glory — and where is God ? 
The result is nowhere." 



CHURCH BUILDING IN 
'61: $984 MILLION 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP)— A 
preliminary estimate by the U. S. 
Census Bureau has indicated that 
church construction in 1961 totaled 
$984 million. 

Construction put in place during 
December amounted to $85 million, a 
seasonal decline of $4 million from 
November and $1 million less than 
the December figure, the census 
agency estimated. 

This placed total construction for 
the year $16 million below the figure 
of $1 billion it had been expected to 
reach. It was $29 million less than 
the record of $1,013 billion set in 
1960. 

Despite the three percent downturn, 
however, it was the second best year 
for church construction in history, far 
surpassing all years prior to 1960. 



Page I'iight 



The Brethren Evangelist!: 



"OLD SOLDIERS. OLD CHURCHES. ET CETERA" 

REVEREND A. T. RONK 



M! 



rUCH WAS SAID about "old sol- 
. diers that never die, they just 
fade away", when a noted General 
was reoalled and pushed into retire- 
ment. There was la great deal of 
sadness in (the personal circle and no 
small indignation at large engendered 
by the event. And this all after years 
of distinguished service to his coun- 
try. 

Our Church, too, has had its vet- 
erans of years downgraded, and fi- 
nally relegated to oblivion. The ref- 
erence is not to people but to houses 
of worship — buildings that were the 
sanctuary of troubled and weary 
souls; where release was found from 
the burdens of sin; where tears of 
penitence gave way ito tears of joy; 
where voices raised and loudly 
praised; and lovers kissed in nuptial 
bliss; and mourners wept when loved 
ones slept. 

This writer is thinking, first, of 
some of those that touched his own 
life. There was Turlock, California 
where he was a child and the congre- 
gation thrived under the leadership 
of Martin Shively in the late 1890's. 
After many vicissitudes and pastoral 
labors, the building burned to the 
ground and the ashes never inspired 
a new one to take its place. 

At Berryessa near San Jose, Cali- 
fornia, a congregation sprang up 
when I was a teenager, with Roger 
Darling as the preacher. The old 



original country school house was 
renovated and dedicated to worship, 
but alas, after a term of such ser- 
vice, it too went the way of old 
structures. 

In Ripon, another California town, 
the Brethren had a congregation and 
possessed a union-built house of wor- 
ship. Here my father and mother be- 
longed at the time of their passing. 
And that one is no more. 

The preaching of a minister's first 
sermon is always a memorable oc- 
casion. My first travestry on the art 
of preaching occurred in the Bethesda 
Brethren Church which stood eight 
miles north of Bryan, Ohio. There the 
congregation is no more and few that 
remember it, save Mrs. Joyce Saylor 
who was a little girl then. Upon in- 
quiry a couple of years ago in Bryan, 
I found that the building had been 
moved and an unrecognizable part of 
it built into another denomination's 
sanctuary. 

Just leaving college in the summer 
of 1909, I preached the funeral of 
the Troy, Ohio group w'hich had 
dwindled to almost nothing and the 
Ohio Mission Board sold the prop- 
erty. It was old then and doubtless, 
too went into discard. 

Now we belong to the Waterloo, 
Iowa congregation and it too has 
some skeletons of memory. At the 
time of the division in 1882, the so- 



called progressives of the Orange Ger- 
man Baptist Church south of Water-- 
loo, withdrew and built a house m 
worship between Orange and Wateiji 
loo and called it Enon. Many of thei 
members moved into Waterloo in thei 
90's and worshipped together 
prayer meetings, revivals and various ; 
buildings. They finally decided to 
erect a church house. In December 
of 1900 the brick -structure was dedi- 
cated and served well until it became 
too small under the vigorous min- 
istries of J. L. Gillin, W. S. Bell,. 
R. R. Teeter, C. I. Shock, Stephen 
Bashor and W. H. Beachler. The pres-' 
ent plant was planned and built fon 
dedication in 1913. But the firsts 
Brethren Center was sold and since- 
1913 has been used at times by sev-v 
eral small denominational groups. Thgi 
Enon House was sold in 1906. i 

So, the wheels of so-called progresis 
rolled along and last June as I drove 
by the location of Waterloo's first 
Brethren Church, a large power crane 
was swinging a giant metal ball in 
destructive arcs against its crumbling 
walls. It was all rubble at that mo- 
ment except the entrance topped by 
the octagonal spire that still pointed 
its finger to the sky. Memories of 
the older Waterloo Brethren hang 
round the corner of Fifth and South 
Streets and we wonder if the glad- 
some hymns and mingled pirayers still 
echo in the courts of heaven. 



XL ew s 



Maurertown, Va. The Maurertown 
church has called Rev. Clyde Baum- 
gardner to become pastor of the con- 
gregation. Brother Baumgardner has 
been serving part-time as Director of 
Christian Education and Youth Work 
in our Hillcrest Brethren Church in 
Dayton, Ohio. He will assume his 
duties with the Maurertown church 
around March 1st. 






Brother Robert L. Hofi'man who has 
been pastor of the Maurertown church, 
will begin his pastorate with the Main 
Street Brethren Church, Meyei'sdale, 
Pa., about March 1st instead of June 
1st as was previously announced. 

Hagerstown, Md. Brother George 
W. Solomon writes: "Seven new mem- 
bers were baptized and received into 
the church membership recently." 



Brother Solomon continues: "I will 
be serving as the Chaplain of the 
Washington County Hospital during 
the week of January 22-27. This is 
a new voluntary chaplaincy program 
just begun the first of this calendar 
year. It was initiated by the Wash- 
ington County Ministerial Associa- 1 
tion, of which I am serving as presi-il 
dent this year, and the Medical Staff f 
and Officials of the hospital. The i 
participating ministers are attending! 
workshops preceding and following! 
their tour of duty to better prepare i 
them for ministering to the sick and f 
to make them efl'ective members of 
the Healing Team." 



i'ebruary 10, 1962 



Page Nine 



Brother Solomon 'also notes that 
"We are all well and doing fine. I 
did spend a week in the hospital over 
Christmas, but am back at work go- 
ling full steam ahead." 

Washington, D. C. Brother Joseph 
Shul'tz notes the reception of two 
new members recently. 

Ashland, Ohio (Park Street). Broth- 
er Phil Lersch writes: "Eight were 
recently baptized and received into 
inembership. Several of these de- 
jisions are the result of a Decision 
Day held in the primary and junior 
iepartments of the Church School 
just prior to Christmas." 

Gratis, Ohio. The W. M. S. public 
service was scheduled for January 
>8th with iWrs. Arthur J. Tinkel as 
speaker. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Gleaned from the 
*Jiappanee parish paper is the note 
;hat Brother J. Milton Bowman, pas- 
;or of the Elkhart church, was hos- 
pitalized for treatment of a kidney 
ftone attack. The date of the paper 
vas January 25th, and we trust and 
jray that everything is all right at 
;his time. Let us remember our broth- 
ir in our prayers. 

The W. M. S. Group I public seiwice 
was scheduled for the evening of Jan- 
lary 28th. 

Goshen, Indiana. The annual Lay- 
nen's dinner and ladies' night is 
jcheduled for the evening of Feb- 
ruary 13th. 

South Bend, Indiana. The Gideons 
londucted the service the morning of 
January 28th. 

Fort Scott, Kansas. The Fort Scott 
ihurch is scheduled to conduct ser- 
rices in the area rest homes on Feb- 
ruary llth. 

Tucson, Arizona. Tenth Anniver- 
sary services were held on January 
L4th. A re-dedication service, adapted 
from the original dedication service 
read by the congregation and Pastor 
^ernon D. Grisso, was read at the 
tnorning service. Messiages were pre- 
sented by three men of the congrega- 
tion. A "pot-luck" dinner and fellow- 
ship followed the moi-ning .service. 

Manteca, Calif. Brother Alvin H. 
Grumbling, in sending in the manu- 
script of his recently-delivered mod- 
erator's address for publication in The 
Evangelist, also added a note con- 
cerning the recent conference of the 
Northern California District. 

He said: "I am happy to say that 
we had a good conference. The three 
men from Ashland, John W. Porte, 



Rev. Clayton Berkshire and Rev. 
Marlin McCann, helped our confer- 
ence greatly. The spirit was good. 



this district to advance further for 
His oause." 

Stockton hosted the conference 



and plans were laid which should help which was held January 18-21. 

ELKHART CHURCH HONORS MEMBER FOR 

20-YEAR VOLUNTEER SEWING PROJECT 








THE ELKHART, Indiana, First 
Brethren Church honored one of 
its members, Mrs. Mearl Forry for 
a project she has quietly carried on 
without pay or publicity for nearly 
20 years. 

Mrs. Forry has made more than 
1,500 dresses to be sent to needy chil- 
dren abroad. They go to missions and 
orphanages regardless of denomina- 
tion. Besides the dresses, Mrs. Forry 
occasionally makes layette items and 
other cloHiing for the children. For 
eight years she has been assisted by 
three other women, Miss Nellie Mur- 
phy, Mrs. 0. J. Kidder and Mrs. 
Charles Zellers. Miss Murphy packs 
and mails the clo'thing and the other 
women do the sewing. Material is 
supplied by the four women them- 
selves, and by occasional donations 
from church members. 

The project began with the send- 
ing of clothing to Asia. Now, dona- 
tions also go to Africa, Europe and 
South America and to the Navajo 
Indians in the U. S. The women cor- 
respond regularly with missionaries 
who help them determine where needs 
exist and distribute the clothing. 



At the recognition service, which 
was a surprise to Mrs. Forry, Mrs. 
J. Milton Bowman compared her to 
the Biblical Dorcas who also made 
clothes for the poor. The pastoir cited 
her as an example of a person who 
has made herself useful to the world 
through her own efforts. 

"The need is great," Mrs. Forry 
says. When she receives pictures of 
children wearing clothing she has 
made, she ig inspired to continue her 
project, she siays, because then she 
knows she has helped make the need 
a little less great. 

The picture shows Mrs. Forry and 
Pastor J. Milton Bowman with some 
of the 45 dresses she has just made 
for shipment to Hong Kong. Picture 
by Elkhart Truth. Story from the 
Truth and comment by pastor Bow- 
man. Brother Bowman notes that our 
missionaries, Bischofs and Bylers, 
have been recipients of clo'thing from 
Mrs. Forry for use in their work. He 
says, "We consider it a privilege to 
have such a person at work for Christ 
and His kingdom." 



Page Ten 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 



The Brethren Evangelist 

who brought someone with them each and every night. 
One new member was received into the church. 

We of the Falls City church thank Brother Madosia 
for his wonderful messages. We have received wonderftflj 
blessings from them. May God bless him in his worH 
for the Lord. ' 

Mrs. Clay Peck, Jr., Cor. Sec'y. 

Falls City Brethren Church. 



CORINTH, INDIANA 

Evangelistic Services were held in the Corinth Breth- 
ren Church, October 2nd through Sunday, October 8th, 
with Rev. John Turley, pastor of the Peru First Breth- 
ren Church, bringing the eight messages. Rev. Turley 
was a former pastor of this congregation. As has pre- 
viously been noticed the unsaved do not attend. 

Average attendance for these services was 75. Two 
families and one father came forward for rededication 
and a closer walk with their Saviour. Two children made 
first-time confessions. 

Visitors were present from Mexico, Peru, Tiosa, and 
College Corner Brethren Churches; Hoover, Paw Paw, 
and Bethlehem Methodist . Churches; Skinner Christian 
and Twelve Mile E. U. B. Churches. Visiting ministers 
were Rev. Floyd Sibert and Rev. Glenn Grumbling. 

Joseph Edward Hanna, son of Rev. and Mrs. G. Bright 
Hanna, was recommended by the Corinth congregation 
and requested his examination for licensure to the Gospel 
Ministry. 

Joe was approved and issued his license to the Gos- 
pel Ministry by the Indiana District Ministerial Examin- 
ing Board during General Conference at Ashland in Aug- 
ust 1961. Joe, a preseminary student, is a Junior in Ash- 
land College. 

G. B. Hanna. 



FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA 

On Sunday evening, December 31st, we held our annual 
watch night party. We were privileged to hear from the 
head of the Grace Children's Home of Henderson, Neb- 
raska, Rev. J. R. Barkman. We also heard from some 
of the youth from the home as they told of how they 
have oveiTome some habits not so pleasant to reveal to 
the public. Refreshments were served, and at midnight, 
our pastor. Rev. Robert Holsinger, conducted a devotional 
period with singing and prayer, ushering out the old year 
and ushering in the new year with new hope for a brighter 
future for our church and for the families of the Falls 
City Church. 

We held our fall communion on October 12th with about 
46 members and friends taking part. Several testimonies 
were given and we all felt closer to our Lord and Savior. 

On October 22nd we began our week of revival ser- 
vices with Rev. Robert Madoski of the Mulvane church 
as evangelist. Special night was observed. The lowest 
attendance was 60 and the highest was 151 on Sunday 
School night. The closing Sunday sei-\'ices were held by 
our pastor as our evangelist had to return home because 
of a death in his congregation. Dui-ing the week, one per- 
son brought 28 persons to the services and another brought 
18. We are very proud of these and also of the others 



TOPEKA, KANSAS 

Just to let all my old friends know who and whe: 
I am, here goes a few lines. Greetings to all. Once more, 
we are facing a new year with all its unseen realitiesj 
Whither I go ye cannot tell. If I travel this life here 
for time yet, may it be as pleasant as the Lord can mak^ , 
it for a weary traveler; and miay I enjoy His presence; I 
too, as I go. Howevei-, if it's to be weary going, I'd rathel 'i 
be going with Him to His home. I'm ready anytime. 

First time in eight years the Kansas Legislature will 
be meeting, and I'll not be there. New names will be on 
the list and I'll not know all, but when I go over There, 
I will know both old and new. Praise the Lord. It's good 
to know .a lot of folks, when and where, but I'd rather 
know the folks over there than here. Since the Book is 
true, I will know from both sides. I've been close to the 
River a few times; some day the Ferry Boat will land 
and "Row me over the Tide." 

We got near 100 Christmas cards and letters from 
friends, and we tried to answer them all with a mes- 
sage of cheer. 

W. R. Deeter, 

Rt. 5, 

Topeka, Kansas. 

Editor's Note: Brother Deeter, in a personal note to 
the Editor, along with the above, says, "I've not been 
very well all winter; have to stay in house most of time 
and been 'on the hay 'time and a half each 24'. I can't do 
much; help mom with dishes some. My life runs in varied 
ways, however in a different direction than as of yore." 

ONE BY ONE 

It is said that Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle 
Hymn of the Republic once wrote to an eminent Senator 
of the United States about a man who was suffering 
great injustice. The reply was, "I am so much taken up 
with plans for the benefit of the race that I have no time 
for individuals." 

Julia Ward Howe pasted the reply in her album with 
this comment: "When last heard from, our Maker had 
not reached this altitude." 

It is true Jesus died for all the world, but He pn->\ed 
His love for people by the manner in which He dealt with 
the individual. He sat by Jacob's well to talk with a 
thirsty soul. He released Mary Magdalene from the k'''P 
of seven devils. Zacchaeus was spoken to in a direct man- 
ner when sitting up in a sycamore tree. 

Indications are that of the thirty-five conversions in the 
four gospels, fourteen of them were personal contticts 
by Jesus, twelve wei-e by one of the disciples and tlie 
others by individuals that we know not their names. 
Just think what would happen if each member in our 
churches would win just one in the course of a year. 
A radical change would soon be effected in church life. 



February 10, 1962 



Page Eleven 



Weddings 



NIPPLE-HOFFMAN. Judy Alice 
Nipple and Michael A. Hoffman ex- 
changed vows in a double ring cere- 
mony read by her pastor on Oct. 1, 
1961 in the Flora First Brethren 
Church of which the bride is a very 
active member. Mr. Hoffman is a 
deacon in the Flora Christian Church. 
They are attending the Flora First 
Brethren Church. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Pastor. 



Memorials 



CLAPPER. Louis P. Clapper, 74, 
prominent member and laymen of the 
Louisville Brethren Church, died the 
morning of Jan. 2nd, at Louisville. 
Served his church for twenty years as 
Sunday School Superintendent; was a 
member of the church choir, and also 
served as a deacon. He began his ap- 
prenticeship with the Louisville Her- 
ald in 1903, and in 1927, he and his 
wife became the owners and pub- 
lishers of the paper. In 1954 the 
Northeastern Ohio Weeklies group 
honored him for completing 50 years 
of service in his chosen field. His son, 
Paul, continues as editor and publisher 
of the Herald which this year is be- 
ing published in new-style tabloid 
form. 

Mr. Clapper is sun'ived by his wife, 
one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Ruth 
Clapper) Lindstrom, one son, Paul; 
five grandchildren, one sister and one 
brother. Services by Rev. Frank Mor- 
rison, pastor the Louisville church. In- 
terment, Union Cemetery. 
* * * 

PERSINGER. Mrs. Sidney (Hazel) 
Persinger, 67, departed this life Jan. 
10. Charter member of the Muncie, 
Ind., church, and was active in many 
areas of service: church clerk, sec- 
retary of the W. M. S., and superin- 
tendent of children's department. Sur- 
vived by husband, three sons and sev- 
eral grandchildren. Services by the 
pastor. 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, Pastor. 
* * * 

LAMBERT. Blrs. Quincy Lambert, 
73, died Nov. 8, at the St. Joseph 
hospital in Logansport following a 
lingering illness. Member of the 
Corinth Brethren Church. Survivors 
include her husband, one daughter, 



one grandson, one granddaughter and 
one great-great grandson. Services 
conducted by her pastor. 

KREIDER. Mrs. Charles Kreider, 
81, died at her home Dec. 14, follow- 
ing a brief illness. Member of the 
Corinth Brethren Church longer than 
any other living member. Survivors 
include her husband, one son, one 
daughter, two grandchildren and a 
sister. Services in the Corinth Church 
by her pastor. 

G. B. Hanna, Pastor. 
* * * 

BECHTEL. Mrs. Harvey (Bertha) 
Bechtel, 87, died Oct. 30. Was a life 
resident of Canton Township, and 
member of Trinity Brethren Church. 
Survived by two daughters, one son, 
ten grandchildren and twenty great- 
grandchildren. Services by the under- 
signed. 

HAMMEN. Mrs. Clarence (Mildred) 
Hammen, 59, died Nov. 14. Survived 
by her husband and four sons. Ser- 
vices in Trinity Brethren Church of 
which she was a member. 

Robert L. Keplinger^ Pastor. 

HARKCOM. Mrs. John G. (Annie 
Stahl) Harkcom, member. Valley 
Brethren Church, died Nov. 13. Ser- 
vices by the undersigned. 

HARKCOM. John Gay Harkcom, 77, 
died Jan. 20. Member, Valley Breth- 
ren Church of which he was a deacon 
for 50 years. Survived by three 
daughters, one son, 11 grandchildren, 
15 great grandchildren, and one sis- 
ter. His wife preceded him in death 
by about two months. Services by the 
undersigned. 

Ralph E. Mills. 
* » * 

JUSTICE. Homer Justice, 84, died 
Dec. 4. Had been a member of the 
now abandoned Brethren Church of 
Darwin, near Burlington. Suiwived by 
his wife, four daughters and one son. 
Arthur H. Tinkel. 

BROWER. Mrs. Florence Brower, 
88, passed on to her eternal reward 
from the Brethren's Home after a 
lingering illness, Jan, 13, 1962. Was 
the widow of Rev. J. M. Brower, who 
died in 1958. He had served at least 
ten of our Indiana churches. She was 
a member of the Flora First Breth- 
ren Church. Survived by three daugh- 
ters, three brothers and one sister. 
Brief services at the Brethren's Home 



where she had resided for the last 
eleven years, and final rites from the 
church by the pastor. Burial, Maple 
Lawn Cemetery. 

MILBURN. Bruce Milburn, 59, died 
suddenly of a heart attack, Oct. 11. 
Member of the Flora Brethren Church. 
Survived by his wife and one daugh- 
ter. Services by Rev. C. A. Stewart 
and the undersigned. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Pastor. 



THE MASTER'S MUSIC 

A young lady was at her piano 
playing the most beautiful series of 
Chopin's "Nocturnes." When she had 
finished she turned and said, "How 
I do love them, for they move along 
'n the niinor key and suddenly finish 
in the major. None but a great master 
could move from a minor theme to a 
major conclusion." 

For almost si.x thousand years of 
human history everything has been 
moving along in a minor key. Creation 
is in the minor key. "Groaning and 
travailing" is the description found 
in Scripture. But there is to be a fin- 
ish in the major key. It will require 
a great Master to do the woi'k. The 
Lord of Creation will do it. This 
whole discordant creation will find its 
major key in Him. 

— ^Christian Digest. 



GOD'S FAMILY PLAN 
Genevieve Perrlne Cheney 

When God made out the blueprint 
For the human family plan. 

He foresaw from every angle 
The very best for man. 

There was need of father and mother 
To guide each girl and boy. 

And He arranged the pattern 
To give the greatest joy. 

Who can measure the joy that a fa- 
ther 

Takes in the sons he has had? 
Who can analyze the feeling 

Between a boy and his dad ? 

And we know how mothers and daugh- 
ters 
Share a bond that is tender and 
dear; 
There's an inexplicable something 
That makes them seem so near. 

Only an all-wise Father 

Could bring this unit about — 

A father, a mother, and children, 
What would a home be without! 



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A FEW 

THOUGHT-PROVOKING 

OBSERVATIONS 



Rev. J. G. Dodds 



FROM a statistical standpoint, 
it should be of interest to 
every mfember of the Brethren 
Church to note the percentage 
of membership in the various 
local churches who regularly at- 
tend the Communion services ; 
the number of local congrega- 
tions that have provided men 
who are today active in the de- 
nomination as ministers of the 
gospel (pastors, evangelists, 
missionaries) ; the number of 
churches that report no new 
members added to church mem- 
bership for one year, two years, 
or more years. When such infor- 
mation is assimilated, we ask 
the question, Why is this hap- 
pening? It would seem that fac- 
tors now existing within the de- 
nomination are largely respon- 
sible. Let us "explore the 
depths" of the situation. 

The Brethren denomination 
does not have enough ministers 
to do justice to the task that 
should be accomplished. More 
than half of the adult member- 
ship have not received thorough 
instruction in observing the 
three-fold Holy Communion, and 
so many of them have never at- 
tended one Communion service. 
Untaught and uncared-for mem- 



bers are cause for great concern. 
The youth, in many instances, 
are only entertained and amused 
so that they have not been 
brought to a realization that the 
Church is an organism of which 
they are an integral part. Some- 
one has aptly said that the great 
task of the Church in the church 
of today is to "teach and evan- 
gelize the Christians." We need 
more well -taught and well- 
trained ministers to accomplish 
the task. 

A few years ago one of the 
outstanding leaders in our de- 
nomination said to me, "The 
Brethren Church is rapidly 
drifting away from the Brethren 
heritage." Instances can be 
cited of men who have come 
from other denominations to be- 
come pastors in the Brethren 
Church — some having had ab- 
solutely no Brethren training — 
and make no effort to obtain 
that knowledge. Thus they are 
unable to instruct and shepherd 
in our local congregations prop- 
erly. 

We need more Brethren- 
trained ministers to maintain 
the present standard of life and 
worship. Our present ministers 
are called to shepherd the Flock, 



and in some instances the pas- 
tor is expected to stretch his 
services into areas of work that 
Lay members of the church 
ought to be doing. 

Many present pastors are cer- 
tainly getting older. It is high 
time to bring new men into the 
ranks to lighten the load a bit, 
to give experience to the young- 
er men, and to bring new re- 
cruits to the front in leadership. 
In some local areas there is great 
hesitation to accept and pro- 
mote young ministers who are 
taught and well-grounded in the 
Faith believed and practiced by 
the Brethren Church. In these 
areas Brethren standards are be- 
ing lowered. To maintain the 
present minimum level, we must 
have more Brethren-trained pas- 
tors. 

We need fearless ministers to 
lead the Church into the fore- 
front of the battle for CHRIS- 
TIANITY— and against atheistic 
communism. Perhaps Lay mem- 
bers can do some of the aggres- 
sive fighting. Never-the-less, in- 
spired ministers should be thrust 
into the harvest to assume their 
rightful place as leaders in this 
great task. A static, inward- 
facing group, is a dying group. 



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[f we do not want our Breth- 
•en Church to die, it is need- 
:ul that ministers be trained in 
;he Faith and practice of the 
Brethren heritage, that they 
nay be able to lead us into new 
ireas of service within the 
;]hurch, to the nation, to the 
vorld, and to new life for our- 
selves. 

If we seriously accept the 
jreat Commission as a duty, 
;hen we must set ourselves to 
;he task of training more men 
;o be pastors, evangelists, and 
nissionaries. We must assert 
^ur stand to groups of all levels 
)f society. To meet the needs 
if highly-trained people in pub- 
ic life, we need highly-trained 
md Spirit-filled pastors. Pastors 
ire needed who can minister to 
I public now more educated than 
hat of only ten years ago. 

There is additional need for 
nen, extremely well - trained 
tien, who can guide Christians 
nto a more meaningful spiritual 
xperience while, at the same 
ime providing leadership to peo- 
»le in every walk of life. Pas- 
oral leadership in Brethren 



Church life is no place for mis- 
fits and the poorly trained; no 
place for those who do not know, 
and refuse to learn, our Breth- 
ren heritage. If we are to ob- 
tain sound fruitage, we must 
have sound and stable leader- 
ship. 

Where do we get the men? 
It is not altogether the job of 
our Seminary at Ashland, Ohio. 
The Seminary does recruit new- 
men, but remember, that the 
Seminary depends on local 
Brethren churches to send in 
candidates. The Brethren Youth 
organization is doing a good job. 
Summer Camijs are also engaged 
in the task of recruitment — but 
it still rests with the local 
churches to encourage and to 
call young men into the ministry 
of the Gospel. 

The calling of young men to 
the ministry should be con- 
stantly in the minds of our Lay 
members and Leaders. This is 
God's work. This is man's high- 
est calling. Let us call OUR 
OWN BRETHREN young men. 
It is my considered opinion that 



any Brethren Church which has 
been organized for ten or more 
years ought to be eager to call 
young men and young women 
for training to serve the church. 

Let us call the best of our 
young men. The Ministry is not 
a last-resort employment; it is 
not a stepping stone to higher 
jobs— THERE ARE NO HIGH- 
ER JOBS. We ought to find 
young men of sincere purpose 
and dedication, and enable them 
to get training to serve the 
Church. 

The Brethren Church should 
come to the fore-front. The time 
is ripe now for a vital and sig- 
nificant growth. New Brethren 
churches should be established 
throughout the entire country. 
Our Seminary is more than ever 
committed to the proposition 
that the imperative need of the 
Brethren Church, (that it may 
accomplish its mission), is more 
well-trained and Bible-instructed 
ministers. Let us, one and all, 
seek candidates for the ministry, 
and continue to pray for a rapid 
increase in the number of 
Brethren churches. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



THE MEANING OF BROKEN THINGS 
"This is my body broken for you..." I Cor. 14:22-31. 

"BRETHREN", remember that these words were spo- 
en when Jesus was instituting- the Lord's Supper. The 
read was broken that it might be distributed among 
le Lord's disciples, but the practical purpose of the 
ivision took on a symbolic meaning also. The break- 
ig of bread on the evening of the "Supper's" institu- 
ion was a foreshadowing of the wounding of His body 
n the following morning. 

The question of the reason for the wounding of Christ's 
ody is proclaimed by the account given of the event 
-"It was broken for you, for me." It was broken for 
ach one — the Bible says, "Broken for you." As if each 
ne of us were the only person in the world who needed 
D be saved. 



And that broken body of our blessed Lord was taken 
down from the cross by loving hands, and was buried, 
and the sepulchre made secure with government seal. But 
in less than three days that seal was broken (not with 
human hands) but by divine plan and purpose, with a re- 
sulting open tomb. Once more this breaking was ac- 
complished for us — for you and me. The One Who had 
been entombed in that sepulchre could not be holden of 
the tomb, and He came forth, never to die again. Once 
more something was "broken" for you, for me. The bands 
of death were broken, and Christ came forth to life, 
never to die again. "And because He lives, we too shall 
live." 

We may say that He was broken for you and for me 
to share with others. In His broken body and shed blood 
lies salvation for all men through faith in those sacred 
emblems. 



If our one supreme care and concern is to please Him, 
to trust Him, to obey Him, to have fellowship and com- 
munion constantly with Him, whatever comes or does 
not come need not affect us, for we are centered in God. 

— Sel. 



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Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 



THE TEACHER AND DISCIPLINE 
Part Two 

"TRAGICALLY, the most common cause of discipline 
breakdown is the teacher." Discipline begins with the 
teacher disciplining himself. Never demand from your 
students what you would not demand from yourself, is 
sound advice for teachers. Self-discipline includes many 
things, such as neatness and moderation in dress, self- 
control in and out of the class, and, most importantly, 
preparation for the class. But let us consider more fully 
the relationship of the teacher to cLass discipline. 

There is no substitute for warm pupil-teacher friend- 
ship in making the class period profitable. Discipline 
problems cease and interest in learning mounts when pu- 
pils like their teacher. But for pupils to like their teacher, 
he must like them. He must take an interest in them 
as individuals and be interested in the things they are 
interested in. This means getting to know them in and 
out of class by visits in their homes and through class 
social activities. The teacher's responsibility is to become 
so familiar with the pupils that he will know their indi- 
vidual interests and needs. 

Adequate preparation for the class period is a second 
requirement of the teacher which is of utmost impor- 
tance. One teacher has confessed, "When I had every- 
thing ready, I always got along fine. Most of my prob- 
lems came when I was not prepared." 

Thorough preparation means first of all that the teach- 
er should know the lesson material well and have an 
outline of presentation. He should be able to stand be- 
fore the class with the Bible in his hand — not the teach- 
er's quarterly — and an outline of presentation in the 
Bible. Reading the lesson to the class from the quarterly 
is not teaching, and ends inevitably in poor discipline. 

But thorough preparaton means more than just know- 
ing the material. It includes securing the audio-visual aids 
that will be used with the lesson to add interest and mean- 
ing to the presentation. These should be ready for use 
as needed; there is nothing that disrupts a class quicker 
than a teacher scrambling around for a lesson aid. 

Preparation likewise includes preparing for class ac- 
tivity and participation. It has well been said .that the 
teacher who insists on doing all the talking is bound to 
have competition. Pupils must be given oppoi-tunity to 
participate in the lesson. This means, however, that the 
lesson should be presented in such a way as to encour- 
age participation. It does not mean embarrassing the 
person with an abrupt, hard-to-answer question. 

Preparation should be made with pupils in mind — their 
interests, needs, and problems. The lesson must gain 
the attention from the first by appealing to the pupil 
where he is. The pupils need to feel from the first that 
in the class period they will be working together on some 



worth-while ijroject or will be thinking through some 
problem. 

Finally, thorough preparation assures that the teacher 
is ready before the class session begins. It is important 
that the teacher be in the classroom 15 minutes before 
the class period to set things in order. This also gives 
him time to relax, get organized and ready to begin. 
In addition it provides a time of fellowship and counsel 
with early arrivals. And finally, it prevents the mis- 
behavior that might otherwise get a start and extend 
into the class period. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



LOVE ONE ANOTHER 

Forgive us. Lord, when anger moves 

Our hearts and tongues to sin, i 

And from our minds the peace removes i 

That might the conflict win; I 

Till in our haste we hurt the flower 

Of friendship in one bitter hour. 

I 
Forgive us when we fail to find ! 

The need for sacrifice — 
The selfishness that makes us blind 
To tears in weary eyes; 
The call for just that little touch 
Of sympathy that means so much! 

So may we move amid the press 
Of souls that ring us round, 
Not in monastic loneliness 
Where peace in dreams is found. 
But in the common service take 
Our little share — for Jesus' sake! 

— ^Pixie Leonard Wheeler. 

"THE APOSTLE OF LOVE" refers to himself mod-j 
estly as one of "His disciples whom Jesus loved" (Jn. ' 
13:23). Because of his special nearness to Jesus, Johnij 
was entrusted with the care of His mother, just before' 
the Saviour died (Jn. 19:26, 27). John was a member 
of the "inner circle" of three who were with Jesus on i 
certain special occasions: The raising .of the daughter 
of Jairus (Lu. 8:49-51); the transfiguration (Mk. 9:2); | 
and when Jesus prayed in Gethsemane (Mk. 14:33). | 

A Caesar's title less my envy moves | 

Than to be styled the man whom Jesus loves; j 

What charms, what beauties in his face did shine, I 

Reflected ever from the face divine." I 

— Wesley. 

I 
John loved his Saviour because of His atoning death 
on Calvary (1 Jn. 4:14). His love for Christ is reflected 
in his longing for Christ's second coming (1 Jn. 2:28). 
John loved his fellowmen (1 Jn. 3:2). He had a gen- i 



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uine Christian regard for others (2 Jn. 1; 3 Jn. 1). He 
urged upon his readers the need of loving others (1 Jn. 
3:11, 18). John loved the truth (1 Jn. 2:4, 21). He sought 
to protect God's people from those who do not love the 
truth (1 Jn. 4:1). He commended Christians for walking 
in the truth (2 Jn. 4). John loved righteousness, which 
is keeping God's commandments (1 Jn. 2:17; 5:3). He 
taught us not to love unrighteousness (1 Jn. 2:15). He 
warns us against following after evil (3 Jn. 11). Let 
us so heed that we may join with John in the adoration 
3f eternity (Rev. 5:12). 

Christian brotherly love is proof of eternal life (1 Jn. 
3:14); testifies of kinship with Jesus (Jn. 13:35); is a 
reflection of Christ's love (1 Jn. 3:16); proof of love 
toward God (1 Jn. 4:20, 21); is inculcated by God (1 
rhess. 4:9); enjoined by the apostles (Rom. 12:10; 1 
Pet. 3:8); is persistent (Heb. 13:1); is a purifying love 
(1 Pet. 1:22). 

Love to man is of God (1 Jn. 4:7); commanded by God 
(1 Jn. 4:21); commanded by Christ (Jn. 13:34; 15:12, 
13); taught by God (1 Thess. 4:9); is of the fruit of the 
Spirit (Gal. 5:22); explained (1 Cor. 13:4-7); is an abid- 
ing principle (1 Cor. 13:8, 13); is an active principle 
(Heb. 6:10); is the second great commandment (Matt. 
22:37-39); is the end of the commandment (1 Tim. 1:5). 

"Love never fails. Her songs allay 
The tribulation of our day; 
Her wox-ds like petals of a bloom 
Whose fragrance fills an empty room, 
Mark joyfully her way. 

"Can wiser men than we assay 
How her sweet harmony can stay 
The reach of sure portending doom ? 
Love never fails. 

"As she repeats each roundelay 

Of living faith and promise, may 

Our dead hopes, wrapped in hatred's gloom. 

Imprisoned in doubt's stone-sealed tomb 

Find she has rolled the stone away. 

Love never fails." 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 18, 1962 

RESPECT ALL PERSONS 

Text: Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-26; Luke 12:4-7 

TODAY PEOPLE IN ALL PARTS of the worid are 
more aware of the issues which regard human life 
and dignity than ever before. The problems of food, 
health and government is intimately related in our time 
to respects of persons. There is scarcely an atrocity 
committed by a government of the world but that it is 
immediately brought to our attention. Small tribes and 



nations which once were subjected, today speak up with 
boldness and are being heard. We as Christians realize 
the world for what it is, violent and full of wickedness. 
But while we are quick to notice tyranny, racial preju- 
dice, suspicion and hatred on the part of others, we 
would do well to stop and consider the deeper teachings 
of Christ regarding z-espect of persons. 

When God gave the command that we should not kill, 
it is evident from the interpretation of this command 
by Jesus that He meant more than the mere fact of 
murder. This command is only a basic fact which has 
to do with respect to human beings. To God, the atti- 
tude of the mind is as good or bad as the act itself. 
Hatred of another person is as condemning on our part 
as the act of murder (I Jn. 3:15). Even if the person 
is our enemy, the very fact that he is the likeness of 
God demands that we give him certain respect. We can 
see God's attitude toward ALL people in that Christ 
died for ALL people, not just the better class. 

A healthy attitude of the mind toward others will be 
reflected in our conduct. While we may become angry 
at times with certain people, we are warned against 
looking upon these people with contempt as suggested 
in the name calling of raca or fool. When approached 
by an enemy who is in position to make demands upon 
us the righteous mind of the Christian reacts in such a 
way as to add kindness to the service demanded. There 
is no spirit of revenge. 

Out of respect for the life and person of another, 
Jesus has taught that His people should be first in re- 
solving an evil. A saint is not to worship God without 
first of all making an effort to right a known wrong. 
If another should have anything against us it is up to 
us to make the first effort of seeking forgiveness, how- 
ever innocent we may think ourselves to be. Ignoring 
the criminal intentions of another when we are involved 
is to ignore a serious crime. Not only is our soul involved, 
but his eternity is at stake. Life is worth the effort. 

We need to consider other violence which may be 
done without our realizing its seriousness before God. 
Gossip, mistakes, unwise council and lies can "kill" the 
character, reputation and hopes of another. Consider also 
the ruthless slaughter of innocent children by indifferent 
parents who hinder them from knowing Jesus Christ. 
Individual indifl'erence towards God is nothing less than 
spiritual suicide. 

It is up to the Christians to rise above the riptide of 
worldly mindedness and to stand firm on the Rock of 
Ages where the petty bickering and Satanic attitudes 
do not sweep us down to our death. We are the light 
and the salt of the earth. We must stand firm and re- 
alize that the unsaved are caught up in the swirls of 
hell. They are men to be loved for Christ's sake and 
to be saved because He died. If Christ died for them we 
can do no less than respect them all because of it. Be- 
cause life is so dear to God we are exhorted always to 
live it right. Never should the fear of others determine 
our course of action (Prov. 20:25). The life and destiny 
of us all lies not in man but in the hands of God. 



Any man who has had the gospel drive sin from his 
life, and bring grace in, is not ashamed to declare its 
power. 



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Planning 
Section 



Bible Study for March 



THE PHASES OF SIN AND FORGIVENESS 

REVEREND JAMES ROWSEY 



OUR TEXT for this month's study 
is taken from Romans 4:7 where 
we read "Blessed are they whose in- 
iquities are forgiven, and whose sins 
are covered." 

Paul had just been seel^ing to prove 
to the Jews that what makes a man 
right with God is not the performance 
of the works that the law lays down, 
but the simple trust of complete 
yieldedness which takes God at His 
word, and which believes that God 
still loves us when we have done 
nothing to deserve that love. 

The reaction of the Jews was that 
this was something altogether new. 
Indeed, it was contrary to all that 
they had been taught to believe. How- 
ever, Paul tells them that far from 
being new, this doctrine is as old 
as the Jewish faith. In fact, Paul 
believes it to be the very basis of 
the Jewish religion. This is what Paul 
sets out to prove. To do this Paul 
begins by speaking of Abraham and 
his faith. Here he was on familiar 
ground that every Jew knew and un- 
derstood. To further strengthen his 
position Paul then uses David as an 
illustration and thus quotes from 
Psalm 32:1 and 2 from which we get 
our text above. 

This Psalm is David's, according 
to the word of Paul, and it fits into 
some of the specific details of his 
great sin and repentance and de- 
liverance. The psalmist begins with 
a great exclamation as he says, 
"Blessed is the man," "Blessed is 
he." There comes from the lips of 



this great man of God a gush of 
words describing the blessedness of 
pardon. We want to note in this study 
the wonderful accumulation of words 
and clauses which express almost the 
same thing, but yet express it with 
a slight difl'erence. David seems to 
turn the two ideas of sin and for- 
giveness around in his mind and then 
presents them in his psalm in words 
which have substantially the same 
meaning yet with different shadings. 
This is true both of the three words 
he uses to describe the fact of sin 
and the three words he uses to de- 
scribe the fact of forgiveness. Let us 
now turn our attention to these two 
sets of words. 

I. THE VARIOUS PHASES OF SIN 

There are three words used in the 
first two verses of this psalm to ex- 
press the terribleness of sin. They 
are: "transgression," "sin," and "in- 
iquity." They all mean the same thing 
essentially, yet they mean it with 
a different association of ideas and 
suggestions of its foulness. Let us 
look at them separately to see if 
we can capture something of the 
different emphases of the words. 
1. Transgression 

The word translated "trangression" 
seems to signify sepai-ation, or rend- 
ing apart, or departure. Thus the 
word comes to express the idea of 
apostasy or rebellion. 

From this word we can see that 
all sin is a "going away." All sin is 
a departure from God. That is its 



deepest and darkest characteristic and 
it is the one that needs to be most 
urged, for it is the one that we are 
most apt to forget. 

We are all ready to admit that we 
have faults. We are willing to rec- 
ognize that we are not perfect. We 
do not hesitate to say that we have 
done wrong. But largely we think of 
sin in an abstract way and do not 
see tlie personal element of it. That 
personal element in every sin, great 
or small, is that we are expressing, 
our voluntary willingness to depart* 
from God, to tear this divine rela- 
tionship with Him, to turn off the 
light and smother the flame of His 
indwelling grace. 

So this was the first and gravest 
aspect of the sin which David, the 
penitent and forgiven man, thought 
of in our text. When he was eagerly 
rushing after the low and sensuous 
gratification of his worst desires, he 
was rebelling against and wandering 
away from the ever-present support 
of his Lord. 

Thus we can never think of sin 
in our lives as merely a sin against 
the natural order of things. But we 
must come to look at each action of 
our lives in immediate and direct re- 
lation to God. For we have not gotten 
to the bottom of the blackness of sin 
until we see that it is flat rebellion 
against God Himself. 
2. Sin 

The next word used by the psalmist 
is simply translated "sin." It means 
primarily a missing of the mark. This 



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"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven. 



is the word used in Judges 20:16, 
where mention is made of seven hun- 
dred left-handed Benjamites who could 
sling stones "at a hair breadth" and 
not miss. 

We are to understand that David 
here uses it to mean that he is in 
error, that he has missed that which 
ought to be the goal of his life. 
While the word "transgression" re- 
garded the evil deed mainly in its 
relation to God, this word regards 
it mainly in its relation to ourselves. 
That which before God is rebellion, 
a separation from His will, is con- 
sidered in relation to myself, a fatal 
.missing of the mark to which my 
whole energy and effort ought to be 
directed. All sin, big or little, is a 
blunder. It never hits what it aims 
at, and if it did, it is aiming at the 
wrong thing. 

3. Iniquity 

In reference to God, evil is rebellion 
and separation; in reference to my- 
self it is a missing of my real goal; 
and in reference to the straight 
standard which I should be following 
it is "iniquity," something distorted 
or twisted. 



In contrast with the straight path 
I should be walking as a child of 
God, I now walk the drunken, twisted 
path of iniquity. This indicates the 
inherent badness of a perverted soul 
out of contact and control of its 
Master. 

II. 
THE PHASES OF FORGIVENESS 

The three words used by the psalm- 
ist to emphasize this idea are: "for- 
given," "covered," and "not imputed." 
These woi-ds tell us something of the 
various aspects of pardon but they 
also tell us of the completeness and 
certainty of that pardon. 

The first word here, means literally 
to lift and bear away a load or a 
burden. The second means plainly 
enough to cover over that it might 
not longer offend the heart or life of 
the individual. Thus a man's sin is 
covered over and ceases to be in evi- 
dence before the Lord. It is a cover- 
ing which He Himself casts merci- 
fully over to hide it from Himself. 
A similar idea is contained in the last 
word, the sin is not reckoned. God 
does not write it down in His Great 
Book. 



These three ideas, then, taken to- 
gether do set forth the truth that 
man's sin may become, in relation 
with the divine dealings and relation- 
ship between God and men, as if they 
were non-existent. 

The Bible is shot through and 
through with the truth that man is 
in rebellion against God and that God 
desires to draw man unto Himself 
through ijroviding pardon for his sin. 
In the life of our Lord Jesus Christ 
this fact is shown to be evident from 
the cradle to the cross. At the birth 
of Christ the angel said, "unto you 
is born this day in the city of David 
a Savior, which is Christ, the Lord." 
And some of the last teaching words 
which Jesus spoke on earth were 
these, "This is my blood, shed for 
many for the remission of sins." 

The Cross of Christ explains this 
psalm, the Cross of Christ answers 
the confidence of the psalmist, which 
was based upon the shadow of the 
good thing to come. Christ has died, 
the Righteous for the unrighteous, 
that the sins which were laid upon 
Him might be taken away, covered, 
and not reckoned to us. 



THE CALL TO CHRISTIAN LIVING 



Topic for March 



DURING THE PAST three months 
we have studied the various 
ways by which men and women are 
called into full-time sei-vice for the 
Lord Jesus Christ. We learned of the 
many incidents where the Lord ac- 
tually called the ones He chose into 
His work. In the Old Testament, 
great leaders such as Noah, Abra- 
ham and Moses spoke directly to God 
and received from Him a special 
commission. Through the centuries of 
time, hundreds of others have received 
their call directly from the Lord. 

Not only are there those who are 
called directly for a lifetime of ser- 
vice, but there are those chosen for 
a specific task which needed to be 
done — men and women are still being 
called today to fill a need. 

We have also become aware of 
the important role the church of the 



past and present plays in this call of 
lives into His service. All of these 
studies revealed much of the call 
which comes to those who present 
their lives in full-time service for 
such work as ministers, missionaries 
and teachers. But what of the mil- 
lions who go about their daily lives 
living close to Him and yet are ap- 
parently not "called" for any specific 
task? Do they receive a call or is 
their Christian living merely a matter 
of chance ? 

Someone has suggested that it is 
erroneous to speak of only those who 
serve as ministers, missionaries or 
teachers as being in full-time Chris- 
tian service. This statement is based 
on the proposition that everyone — re- 
gardless of occupation — who becomes 
a Christian enters full-time Christian 
service. And isn't that the way the 



Lord intended for it to be ? When 
we make that first step and accept 
Jesus Christ into our hearts to be 
the Lord and Master of our lives we 
are embarking on a full-time job. Je- 
sus does not want us just a part 
of the time but He wants us to serve 
Him in thought and deed all the time. 
There are far too many "Sunday 
Morning Christians" who feel ex- 
tremely generous in sacrificing one 
hour a week for Him and then close 
the door on Him and His work when 
they close the door of the church. 
These poor souls are depriving them- 
selves of the joys and blessings of 
full-time Christian living. 

Perhaps you are saying to your- 
self, "Oh, I've never received a call 
from the Lord!" Let us turn to God's 
word and see if we can find any 
basis for our statement that all Chris- 



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tians are called by God. In the let- 
ters of St. Paul we find this phrase 
several times — "called to be saints." 
When he wrote to the church at 
Rome he addressed his letter in this 
manner, "To all that be in Rome, 
beloved of God, called to be saints" 
(Romans 1:7). Again in First Corinth- 
ians (1:2) Paul refers to the Chris- 
tians as ones "called to be saints." 
We know that all these Christians 
were not called into ser\ace as min- 
isters, missionaries or even teachers, 
but Paul constantly reminds them — 
and us — that we are called by God — 
called to be saints. God wants us to 
be reflections of His own holiness be- 
cause He has set His love upon us. 
We are "beloved of God"! 

If we are beloved of God may we 
ask ourselves some soul searching 
questions? "Am I truly born again 
of His Spirit?" "Am I washed from 
guilt before 'God by the precious blood 
of Jesus Christ?" "Do I really love 
the Lord Jesus?" If we can answer 
these questions in the affirmative 
then truly we are "God's loved ones" 
who are called to be saints. 

The supreme glory of the Christian 
life is that we are called to be saints. 
Many may frown upon being called 
a saint as this word has been used 
in derision to refer sarcastically to 
those who are "holier than thou" or 
the "goody-goody" type of person. 
The Roman Catholic church has made 
saints of outstanding Romanist be- 
lievers of the past whom the Pope 
and Cardinals have canonized as 
saints. Often we think of saints as 
persons of specially distinguished 
piety. One little fellow defined a saint 
as "a dead Christian." All too often 
that is the idea we have today. 

This woi'd saint should not frighten 
us because it is one of the great 
terms in our Christian vocabulary. 
Sainthood is the call of the New 
Testament to every Christian. We are 
all sanctified in Christ Jesus and 
called to be saints. Christianity, then, 
has its practical counterpoint in 
saintly character and conduct. The 
original word for saint, I am told, 
applies to persons as separated to 
God's service. It stems from a verb 
meaning to make holy, consecrate, 
sanctify, to dedicate, separate, set 



apart for God. "True sainthood is 
separatedness from our unregenerate 
past, from worldliness, from all known 
sinful ways — and separatedness to 
an outward confession of Christ, an 
inward fellowship with Christ and a 
daily usableness by Christ." 

The fii'st business of every Chris- 
tian is this separatedness and the 
development of holy character. This 
should carry right over into our busi- 
ness or employment unless our oc- 
cupation itself is wrong. It applies to 
the business man, the teacher, the 
factory worker, the farmer, the pro- 
fessional person and even to us, who 
consider ourselves only housewives 
and mothers. All of our circumstances 
in life should help to contribute to 
real sainthood or "full-time Christian 
living." This is the highest of all 
callings and the supreme glory of the 
Christian life. We are not all called 
to be preachers, teachers, authors, 
missionaries, hymn writers, evangel- 
ists or public Christian leaders, but 
we are all called to be saints. 

In this call to sainthood we see 
not only the supreme glory of the 
Christian life but we also see its dif- 
ficulty. J. S. Baxter has said, "We 
never know how really bad we are 
until we try to be really good. We 
never know how really selfish we are 
until we try to be really sacrificial. 
We never know what sinners we are 
until we try to be saints." 

Let us notice that Christianity puts 
its first emphasis on character and 
not on service. We are called to be 
something before we try to do any- 
thing. Remember, we are not saved 
by our own character, it is Christ's 
character which saves us. His char- 
acter becomes my character and in 
Him I have a new standing before 
God. But upon becoming saved by 
His sinless character, I am to become 
transformed in my own character. My 
character -is to become like His. We 
are not saved by good works; we 
are saved by grace alone on God's 
part and faith alone on our part. 
Sainthood is not only the supreme 
glory of the Christian life but it is 
difficult and demands much of us. 
But we will agree that the blessings 
far outweigh the demands. 

Can we make sainthood or full- 
time Christian living practical ? Yes, 



because it becomes practical in the 
way we face each day and the tasks 
of that day. It becomes practical in 
the way our children see us as parents. 
Do they see Christ in us ? It be- 
comes practical in the way we con- 
duct our business affairs and in the 
way we treat our associates. It be- 
comes practical in every duty we per- 
form. A converted housemaid had 
learned her first lesson in sainthood 
when she said, "Before my conversion 
I swept around the mats, I now sweep 
under them as well." 

Perhaps this story will illustrate 
the imjjortance and the practical side 
of sainthood. 

One time Ian MacLaren went to 
a certain house and saw an old Scotch 
woman standing in her kitchen, weep- 
ing. She wiped her eyes with the 
corner of her apron, and when the 
minister asked her what was the mat- 
ter, she confessed, "I have done so 
little. I am so miserable and un- 
happy. I have done so little for Jesus. 
When I was just a wee girl the Lord 
spoke to my heart and I did so much 
want to live for Him." 

"Well, haven't you?" asked the min- 
ister. 

"Yes, I have lived for Him, but I 
have done so little. I want to be 
of some use in His ser\ice." 

"What have you done?" 

"I will tell you. I have washed 
dishes, cooked three meals a day, 
taken care of the children, mopped 
the floor, and mended the clothes. 
That is all I have done in my life, 
and I wanted to do something for 
Jesus." 

The preacher, sitting back in the 
armchair, looked at her and smiled. 
"Where are your boys?" he inquired. 
She had four sons and had named 
them after Bible characters. 

"Oh, my boys ? You know where 
Mark is. You ordained him yourself 
before he went to China. There he 
is preaching for the Lord. Luke went 
out from your own church. Didn't 
you send him out? I had a letter 
from him the other day. A revival 
has broken out on the mission sta- 
tion, and he said they were having 
a wonderful time in the service of 
the Lord!" 

"Where is Matthew?" 



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He is with his brother in China, 
^nd isn't it fine 'tbat the two boys can 
)e worliing together? I am so hap- 
jy about that. And John came to me 
;he other night — he is my baby and 
)nly nineteen, but he is a great boy. 
'ie said, 'Mother, I have been pray- 
ng and, tonight in my room, the 
Lord spolie to my heart, and what do 
jTOu suppose He told me? I have to 
to my brother in Africa! But 
ion't you cry, Mother. The Lord told 
ne I was to stay here and look after 
Srou until you go Home to Glory.' " 

The minister looked at her: "And 
?ou say your life has been wasted 
in mopping floors, darning socks, 
washing dishes, and doing the trivial 
tasks. I'd like to have your mansion 
svhen we are called home! It will be 
very near the throne!" 
Yes, we are all called to be saints 
■to be set apart from the world. 
As saints we are to be diffusing the 
life, the light and the love of Christ 
into the world. How very important 
you are to God, for you are called 
to "full-time Christian living!" 



W. M. S. 

Memorials 

Mi-s. Annie Harkcom 

It is with deep regret that we re- 
port the loss of one of our faith- 
ful members, Mrs. Annie Harkcom, 
who went to be with her Lord on 
November 13, 1961, at the age of 72. 

Mrs. Harkcom is survived by her 
husband, J. G., three daughters, Em- 
ma, Marie and Margaret; one son, 
Alvie; eleven grandchildren; fourteen 
great grandchildren. 

She was a member of the Valley 
Brethren Church of Jones Mills, Penn- 
sylvania, since 1902. She was the 
treasurer of the Woman's Missionary 
Society and faithful in her attendance 
as long as health permitted. She was 
a deaconess of the church for 50 years. 

Funeral services were held at the 
Miller Funeral Home on Thursday, 
November 16, 1961, with Rev. Ralph 
Mills in charge. Interment was in 
Somerset Memorial Park. 

Katharine Miller. 



The 
Woman's 
Comer 

Edith Rodkey 



Dear W. M. S. Members, 

During your W. M. S. meetings, 
when you are discussing the goals 
there is no doubt many questions 
come to your mind. So often in our 
society when we are reporting our 
calls, someone will ask, "I called on 
'so and so'; does that count?" I al- 
ways have this reply, "You and you 
alone know if the call was made with 
a Christian concern." 

So much CAN be accomplished 
through this goal. There is need for 
many different kinds of calls. There 



are the sick, the indifferent, the ab- 
sentee, the sinner, the lonely and that 
one that needs only a word of en- 
couragement. 

There is danger in our being too 
busy to be really useful. We hear so 
much about making every minute 
count, that there is no place left for 
small wayside kindnesses. We visit 
the sick neighbor and relieve the poor 
neighbor, but for the common, ev- 
eryday neighbor, we haven't a minute 
to spare. There are a great many 
little pauses by the way which are 
no waste of time. 

Often we think we do not have 
the time, but a few minutes, a smile, 
and a word of encouragement can ac- 
complish wonders sometimes. From 
my scrapbook I found this, "He who 
waits to do a great deal of good at 
once will never do anything." Life 
is made up of little things. Be faith- 
ful in making your calls. 

In His Service, 
Edith Rodkey 



W. M. S. 



News 



Johnstown Second 

The W. M. S. of the Second Breth- 
ren Church started their new year 
off with a picnic dinner served by 
the president and vice president. The 
newly elected officers were installed 
with a very inspiring talk by Mrs. D. 
C. White. 

The officers then met and planned 
their year's work, appointed leaders 
and hostesses for each month. Plans 
were made for meeting our goals — 
missionary work, caring for the needy, 
bandage rolling, helping cheer the 
sick and ways and means for our 
project offerings. 

By this time we were ready to 
welcome a new member and also a 
new minister to our church. Rev. and 
Mrs. Charles Lowmaster have been a 
great help and a spiritual inspiration 
to our group. 

In November our group was quite 
busy. We met once a week to work, 
making other people and countries our 
concern. 

The group made book bags and 
supplied them with necessary items 
for the Caribbean area. We also rolled 
bandages and made other hospital sup- 
plies for Africa, made quilts for the 



Brethren's Home, packed and sent 
used clothing to Kentucky. We held 
a rummage sale and did quilting. The 
ladies who attend the work day find 
it very spiritually inspiring for they 
know it is God's work. 

The ladies of the Second Brethren 
society enjoyed a wonderful book re- 
view and social time with the W. M. S. 
ladies of the Third Church. Miss Elsie 
Kels presented the book, The Land 
of Eldorado. 

Our December meeting was held 
with the Sisterhood girls in the form 
of a Christmas party with fifty-four 
present. The Christmas program was 
presented by the Sisterhood girls and 
W. M. S. ladies. An exchange of "Se- 
cret Sister" gifts was enjoyed by the 
group. 

The New Year found us all ready 
and willing to get back to work. 
Plans have been made for more ben- 
evolence work — our concern for oth- 
ers. 

Our public service program is 
planned and several of our goals are 
met as of this date. 

In the Seiwice of the Lord, 

W. M. S., Second Brethren Church, 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



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and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 

'AND WHEN HE IS OLD. HE WILL NOT 

DEPART FROM IT " 



As YOUNG and middle-aged people it is dif- 
ficult, many times, for us to realize that our 
older generation was once those who were young, 
even babes in arms. 

A Sunday afternoon review, many years ago, 
of a certain sacred drawer in my mother's bureau 
to look at pictures of the then earlier genera- 
tion, was quite an experience. Didn't mother look 
young and pretty; didn't dad make a strong, 
handsome appearance. I, with my sisters and 
brother sat cross-legged, Indian style on the 
floor as we went from tin-type to photo of our 
ancestors, smiling quietly at the styles of an 
earlier day . . . being incapable, then, of realizing 
that in the not-too-distant future our children 
and grandchildren would be looking through our 
album of photos and thinking some of the same 
thoughts. 

There are many appreciations we are totally 
unable to realize except with the passage of time. 
Just as "it takes a heap of livin' in a house to 
make a home", it likewise takes much time to 
develop the wise, quiet, appreciative attitude to- 
ward life. In the building of a life, time is, in- 
deed, of the essence. Your church and mine . . . 
our denomination. . .is richer because of the think- 
ing of those in our ranks over sixty-five who are 
continuing to contribute, in many ways, to its 
life and advancement. 

How the church can more fully capitalize on 
the rich store of knowledge, wisdom, devotion and 
know-how of our senior men and women should 
be of constant concern to our present leadership. 

"Softly, oh, softly the years have swept by thee, 
Touching thee lightly with tenderest care; 



Sorrow and death they have often brought nigh 

thee 
Yet have they left thee but beauty to wear. 
Growing old gracefully, gracefully fair. 

"Rich in experience that angels might covet, 
Rich in a faith that has gi'own with thy years, 
Rich in a love that grew from and about it, 
Soothing thy sorrows and hushing thy fears; 
Growing old wealthily, loving and dear." 

Selected. • 

February is the month in The Brethren Church, i 
when we are given the opportunity to show our 
appreciation to our older denominational citizens 
by contributing to the Brethren's Home and 
Benevolent Board Fund. The offering that is des- 
ignated by our General Conference to be lifted 
this month is divided equitably between our re- 
tired ministers, their widows, and the beautiful 
Flora, Indiana, home. Those of the "household 
of faith" who are seeing the shadows of the even- 
ing of life lengthen and find themselves in need 
of care, deserve it. Paul could give us good coun- 
sel on this point for he found himself several 
times engaged in doing the very thing we are 
attempting to do at this season of the year. . . 
raise an offering with which to care for the poor 
saints of his day; people who lived in Jerusalem. 

We are being asked to share what we have with 
those who have not. This is the plea of our ' 
Benevolent Board. The beloved John was very 
pointed on this subject as he wrote: "But whoso 
hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother 
have need, and shutteth up his bowels of com- 
passion from him, how dwelleth the love of God 
in him?" 



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The accent is, and has been on "youth". This 
.s proper; this is right. But permit me here to 
pake a plea for our older Brethren folk. I con- 
sider myself neither old nor young-. . .I'm a 
'tweener". In the local church and in the de- 
lomination at large, those who have passed the 
;enith of their possible active usefulness in the 
#ork, deserve our utmost in consideration. It 
leems to me that I could sight cases where the 
;hurch has forgotten; not deliberately or inten- 
;ionally, but unthinkingly. The home department 
)f the Sunday School set-up is something of what 
\ would think could stand some embellishing. 



The needs of an older person are not all mate- 
rial. Me thinks that, oftimes the longing for the 
fellowship of kindred minds can be more acute 
than for food or other creature comforts. Our 
home at Flora, Indiana, has sought to supply 
both the material and spiritual food and fellow- 
ship in Christ. This, along with the superannuated 
ministers fund, is what we are asked to contribute 
to in the month of valentines and hearts. 

We pray that those who are insensitive to the 
needs of others will learn charity. Men of the 
church, "Give, and it shall be given unto you," 
said Jesus. F. S. B. 



REAT MEN OF THE BIBLE: 



Joshua, A Great Man of the Bible 



ABE GLESSNER 



; MR. ABE GLESSNER of the First Brethren Church, 
Waterloo, Iowa is the author of material herein presented. 
Brother Glessner is the camera man for several group 
)hotos of laymen in session at national conference, pub- 
lished recently. Active in various capacities in his local 
Sunday School and Church for more than thirty years, 
rlr. G. occupies himself with a mail-order business with 
fhich he has been connected for thirty-five years. His 
vitness is that the preparation of this article has already 
lelped him. 



rHE NAME JOSHUA means, "Jehovah is Salvation", 
and much evidence in the Scriptures indicate he 
ived up to his name in that when, Moses could no longer 
sad the Children of Israel, he took over their leader- 
hip, "saving them" (under -God's guidance): (1) from 
heir enemies on the east side of the Jordan; (2) from 
he waters of the Jordan; (3) in many battles of con- 
luest on the west side of the Jordan; (4) from their 
■wn disobedience in keeping spoils of battle (Josh. 7:21); 
5) from contention between the tribes by dividing the 
and fairly as promised; (6) and from idolatry by for- 
lidding them to intermarry with any peoples of Canaan 
r acknowledge their gods. 

What is meant by "great" ? How does a man become 
great" ? The dictionary suggests "important," "eminent," 
'distinctive," "outstanding." Are these qualities found 
n Joshua? Does God look for these qualities? 

Joshua was IMPORTANT to God. "And the Lord said 
into Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man 
n whom is the spirit... and set him... before all the 
ongregation, and give him a charge in their sight" 
Num. 27:18-19). The Lord also speaks to Joshua in the 
irst nine verses of the Book of Joshua telling him of the 
reat responsibilities, the great work to be done, and 
low Joshua could do it with the Lord's help. Also, Josh. 

7, "And the Lord said unto Joshua, this day will I 
legin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they 



may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with 
thee." 

Joshua was EMINENT in God's sight. Josh 1:9, "Have 
not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; 
be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord 
thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Also 
Josh. 6:27, "So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame 
was noised throughout all the country." 

God made Joshua a DISTINCTIVE man. When he and 
Caleb spied out the Promised Land, Joshua gave a trae 
report and advised going in to possess the land at once; 
when Joshua made a promise regarding the saving of 
Rahab, he kept it; when he made a league with the 
Gilieonites not to kill them, he kept it and made them 
bond-servants. 

God made Joshua an OUTSTANDING man. This be- 
cause Joshua was OBEDIENT TO GOD! The Scriptures 
report one battle lost under Joshua, (because of the sin 
of disobedience of one man, Achan). When this was cor- 
rected other battles could be fought and won success- 
fully in the face of very great odds. Joshua could answer 
the problems of the Israelites; — could distribute land to 
the tribes as had been promised; — could lead them 
through Jordan on dry ground; — and could have Jericho 
fall with only the marching, blowing of trumpets and 
shouting of the peoples, — ^all because he LISTENED to 
the commands of God, and FOLLOWED them! 

And then, Joshua could come down towards the end of 
his life, (110 years), call the people together and say, 
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose 
you this day whom ye will serve; ...but as for me and 
my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15). 

What a testimony! Where are the men in today's 
(busy?) world who WANT TO BE GREAT IN GOD'S 
SIGHT? Who is Important or Eminent today IN GOD'S 
SIGHT? (Every confessed believer). Who today will be 
a m-an of Distinction or an Outstanding Man for God? 
(The man who will know and keep God's Word, and take 
the Good News to his fellow man.) — "as for me and my 
house"? What "choices" have you made today? 



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lliren 

Youth 
^nrusaders 





I 



WHAT IS 

JESUS 
TO THESE? 

To the artist He is the One Altogether 
Lovely. 

To the architect He is the Chief Cor- 
ner Stone. 

To the baker He is the Living Bread. 

To the banker He is the Hidden Treas- 
ure. 

To the biologist He is the Life. 

To the builder He is the Sure Founda- 
tion. 

To the educator He is the Great 
Teacher. 

To the farmer He is the Lord of 
Harvest. 

To the florist He is the Rose of Sharon 
and the Lily of the Valley. 

To the geologist He is the Rock of 
Ages. 

To the jurist He is the Righteous 
Judge, the Judge of all men. 

To the jeweler He is the Pearl of 
Great Price. 

To the lawyer He is the Counselor, 
the Lawgiver, the Advocate. 

To the horticulturist He is the True 
Vine. 

To the newspaper man He is the Good 
Tidings of Great Joy. 

To the oculist He is the Light of the 
World. 

To the philanthropist He is the Un- 
speakable Gift. 

To the philosopher He is the Wisdom 
of God. 

To the preacher He is the Word of 
God. 

To the sculptoi- He is the Living 
Stone. 

To the servant He is the Good Master. 

To the statesman He is the Desire 
of all Nations. 



To the student He is the Incarnate 
Truth. 

To the theologian He is the Author 
and Finisher of our Faith. 

To the traveler He is the New and 
Living Way. 

To the toiler He is the Giver of Rest. 

To the sinner He is the Lamb of God 
that taketh away Sin of the world. 

To the Christian He is the Son of the 
Living God, the Saviour, the Re- 
deemer and the Lord. 



DISSOLVED 



In the laboratory of Faraday a work- 
man one day knocked into a jar of 
acid a silver cup. It disappeared, was 
eaten by the acid, and could not be 
found. The question came up as to 
whether it could ever be found. The 
great chemist came in and put cer- 
tain chemicals into the jar and every 
particle of silver was precipitated to 
the bottom. The mass was then sent 
to a silversmith and the cup was re- 
stored. So a precious soul who has 
fallen into the sink of iniquity; lost, 
dissolved in sin can only be restored 
by the Great Chemist — "Jesus Christ." 
— S. S. Times 



WARSAW HOSTS U., 
INDIANA RALLY 

Rev. Toirac spoke to the N. Indiana 
Rally on January 7 which was held 
at the Warsaw church. His topic was 
communism and what the Christian 
should be doing to combat it. We 
cannot conquer Communism by arma- 
ments but we can help against this 
terrible scourge by being well in-i| 
formed as to what Communism reallyll 
is. We should take our stand against 
it and warn others — return to the 
Bible, to Christ Who will give us 
love for our enemies, return to prayer' 
in the closet, re-dedicate our lives to 
the Lord. The night of which thel 
Saviour warned has come to all com-f 
munist countries, and in these coun-t 
tries no uncompromising Christian;! 
can work. Radio from the outside is 
our most effective way of reaching! 
these people. 

Officers for the district are Bob 
Lundal of Nappanee — president; Ce- 
cile Ann Hay of N. Liberty— vice i 
president; Barbara Mannahan of Elk-; 
hart — secretary; Roger Yoder of Elk-i 
hart — ^treasurer. | 

The next rally will be April 8, aj 
speech contest will be held at thalil 
time. Elkhart will host the rally. | 

A rally for grades 5 and 6 is t(j 
be tried on a Saturday date. 

Eugene Robbins, Warsaw sponsor 
and the local organization deserve 
much credit for entertaining the rally] 
so well. And a large thanks goes tci 
the ladies who fed the large groui| 
so bountifully. ' 



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CHRIST OR 
COMMUNISM 



"Communists in every country have 
nly one flag, that is the Red flag." 
he hammer and sickle insignia Icnov/s 
national boundaries. It is the rally- 
ig banner for the foreign-flavored, 
laterialistic atheism which is sweep- 
ig across the world. It is the ensign 
the anti-God, anti-Christ, anti- 
hristian, anti-Bible, anti-morals, an- 

home band of ruthless, international 
rigands who seek primarily the over- 
irow of the Christian and the demo- 
ratic way of life. 

'Religion is an opiate of the peo- 
le," avers the Christless Kremlin 
rowd, "and we carry on propaganda 
the liquidation of these preju- 
ices." The church of Christ in gen- 
ral and the believer in Christ in par- 
icular must be annihilated. The Cal- 
ary, blood-stained banner must be 
auled down from the masthead as 
hie emblem of Communism continues 
D unfurl. There you have in a nut- 
hell the philosophy and the aims of 
he giant Red octopus whose deadly 
entacles in less than a generation, 
.ave encircled the globe. 

Christianity and Communism, each 
liametrically opposed to the other, 
re making a bid for a world of in- 
ividuals. One is Divine, the other is 
lemonic. The first sets forth the dig- 
lity of the individual, the second 
olds that man is a vassal of the 
tate. One preaches the sanctity of 
he home, the other maintains "the 
lallowed co-relationship of parent and 
hild is clap-trap and disgusting." 
i'amily loyalties must be abolished 
nd children "transformed into simple 



articles of commerce and instruments 
of labor." The former teaches the 
immortality of the soul, the fact of 
God, the Saviour-hood of Christ, the 
authenticity of the Bible — the latter 
cries out against the "treacherous in- 
fluences of such myths and illusions." 
One stands for morality, the other 
boasts "we expose all fables about 
morality." One proclaims spiritual re- 
generation and forgiveness of sins 
through faith in Christ's atoning 
death, and the other counters, "a 
change of heart is but the substitution 
of one set of illusions for another." 

One advocates respect for the Lord's 
Day and the Lord's House, the other 
disregards Sunday and warns that 
"people who get married in church 
or maintain religious beliefs will 
either soon get rid of them or be put 
out of the party." One dates its time 
(A. D., Anno Domini) The Year of 
Our Lord, the calendar of the other 
starts with the Red revolution. The 
salute of the one is a bent knee, of 
the other a clenched fist raised heav- 
enward. The one worshipfully sings, 
"The light of the world is Jesus," 
the other blatantly blasphemes in 
parody "The BLIGHT of the world 
is Jesus." Says J. Edgar Hoover, "The 
Godless, truthless way of life succeeds 
only by tyranny and oppression. It 
is a movenient of terror, debauchery, 
corruption and barbarity." 

It is high time we get back to the 
faith of our fathers, to the God of 
our mothers, and to the Saviour- 
Christ-Redeemer of the old-fashioned 
home with prayer at its family altar. 



worship in its family pew, grace at 
its family table and a Chi'istian at- 
mosphere around its family fireside. 
Spiritual values must be restored if 
we are to survive the horrible mon- 
strosity of materialism of this twen- 
tieth century. "Christ or Communism" 
is no mere rabble-rousing couplet. 
He is the individual's only Saviour, 
and in consequence, America's and the 
world's only Hope! 



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WITNESS IN THE SKY 

by 
Thoburn C. Lyon 



This book consists of devotional talks with a Scriptural basis, for 
different age groups, using the starry heavens as its theme. The Author, 
a cartographic engineer, worked on this manuscript over a 25-year period. 
The astronomical data has been thoroughly checked. 



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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Suffering" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Daily Devotions for March 1-7 6 

Weddings and Memorials 7 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 8 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 

COMMUNION SERVICE BIBLE STUDY SERIES 

This week we are running the first in a series 
of four Bible Studies on the Communion Service 
prepared by Brother C. Y. Gilmer for his regular 
Bible Study column. The four subjects to be cov- 
ered are: "Feetwashing, A Church Ordinance", "The 
Holy Kiss", "The Lord's Supper", and "The Com- 
munion". Helpful for study in preparation for ob- 
servance of the Communion in your church this 
spring. Turn to the first one, now, on page eight 
this week. 



RECOMMENDED READING 

"Don't Be Afraid to DEMAND", an article first 
appearing in Woman's Day Magazine, a Fawcett 
Publication, and more recently in Teach, Winter/1962 
issue, published by Gospel Light Publications, is 
recommended by your Evangelist Editor as required 
reading for all parents, S. S. workers, teachers and 
youth leaders. Arthur Gordon, the Author, has given 
a sound approach to discipline at home, in school, 
and at church. (Copies of Teach may be obtained 
from Sunday school teachers in schools now using . 
Gospel Light materials. AsW one to loan you a copy, i 
and read this article carefully!) 



IF I SHOULD DIE 

"If I should die before I wake" — 

A little lad was praying; 
And then he stopped to think about 

The words he had been saying. 

He thought of how his brother's toys 
He from their case had taken; 

But would he have him find them so 
Should he from sleep not waken? 

And would his brother think of him 

As meddlesome, unpleasing; 
One who robbed others of their peace 

By ceaseless, thoughtless teasing? 

He rose from prayer, and quickly down 

The stairs he softly pattered. 
Picked up and put away the toys 

That he in mischief scattered. 

Then up the stairs he ran and knelt 

And finished up his praying; 
And all because he thought about 

What he in prayer was saying. 

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Page Three 




itor's 



'^Suffenng^ 



SUFFERING has always been 
a part of the human expe- 
rience. There is physical suffer- 
ing, mental suffering- and imag- 
ined suffering. There is suffer- 
ing caused by outside forces 
,nd suffering which is self- 
aused. There is also spiritual 
suffering. 

Some suffering is very pain- 
ful, while other suffering causes 
little or no disagreeableness. 
People vary in their approach 
l;o suffering. Some bear pain and 
sorrow without much complain- 
ing, while others make a great 
ido about a comparatively small 
lurt. There are those who have 
snjoyed their suffering and have 
apitalized on their illnesses to 
gain sympathy from others. 

Suffering, by some, has been 
used as an excuse to get out of 
work — to avoid facing the reali- 
ties of life. Then there are 
those who are having real pain 
of body, mind and soul. Life 
lias been rougher on them than 
on others. 

It is our conviction that those 
who have been bearing the most 
and the greatest pain and afflic- 
tion are the ones who are doing 
the least complaining about it. 
Genuine suffering, be it from 
physical pain or the sorrows 
and hardships of life, does give 
a person a mature approach to 
life. It seems that suffering 



brings its inner strength to 
compensate for the affliction. 

For the Christian, suffering 
becomes a matter of simple 
trust and faith in God. Hearts 
bowed low can say, "Thy will 
be done." The Psalmist says, 
"What time I am afraid, I will 
trust in thee" (Ps. 56:3). Built 
in to the Christian is that un- 
shakable confidence that God 
knows and cares — then He is 
mindful of our every need. Many 
faithful Christians have gone 
through life enduring its hard- 
ships of pain and sorrow, al- 
ways giving a strong testimony 
of complete faith and trust in 
God. 

But there is yet another kind 
of suffering which the Christian 
is called upon to bear, and if 
borne successfully, will make us 
stronger Christians. That is, 
suffering for Christ's sake. The 
Christian is to remember that 
as the world hated our Lord, 
so the woi'ld hates us when we 
take a definite stand for Christ. 
iMany Christians are weak to- 
day because when they came to 
Christ, they did not forsake the 
world and so their lives are a 
lukewarm mix of Christianity 
and worldliness. For these, the 
world will eventually win out. 

Anyone who is seeking today 
to live a true Christian life is 
going to find his way of life in 
conflict with much of today's 



social order. iMore and more 
world governments are crack- 
ing down on Christianity as note 
the anti-Christian attitudes of 
communism and the anti-Bible 
and religion-in-the-schools de- 
cisions of our courts in the 
United States. Truly, Christians 
are facing the hour when even 
the most rational of us will draw 
fire from those who do not fa- 
vor the way of Christian living. 

In such situations, though, 
our "suifering" for Christ must 
not take the turn as it has for 
some. Some today have taken 
an attitude of antagonizing all 
those who do not hold to their 
own specific viewpoint or inter- 
pretation. When people disagree 
with them, they consider it a 
personal affront and thus feel 
they are "suffering" for Christ's 
sake. We do need convictions to- 
day, but they must be convic- 
tions surrounded by love for 
those who may be outside the 
fold. Christ prayed for those 
who did not agree with Him and 
He loved them. 

Suffering we will have — it is 
a part of life. But suffering, be 
it physical or for Christ's sake, 
can strengthen us in the faith, 
be a good testimony of our faith 
to others, and bring glory and 
honor to our Lord and our God. 
iMake your suffering for Christ 
an avenue of winning others to 
Him. W. S. B. 



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INTERESTING FACTS AND FIGURES— 

• Borrowings of $14,500 had to be made throughout the year to meet the 1960-61 budget. 

• Brief review of mission vision during 1960-61. 

Home Missions 13 churches — no contribution 

45 churches — gave less than $100 each 
9 churches — gave $1,000 or more each (40% of total) 

World Missions 5 churches — no contribution 

30 churches — gave less than $100 each 

16 churches — gave $1,000 or more each (50% of total) 

• World Mission Offerings dropped $4,000 

• Home Mission Offerings increased $6,000 but 40% of total received was designated for non- 

budget items. 

• Total undesignated contributions to missions for 1961-62 must increase a minimum of $25,000 ( 

to meet the adopted budget. If this challenge is not met during the coming year, serious f 
cutbacks in the already existing missionary program are inevitable. 

NOTE: (The above information first appeared in the 1961 Conference Edition Brethren Mis- 
sionary News.) 

DO YOU REMEMBER??? 



ADDITIONAL FACTS AND FIGURES— 

• • It has become necessary for the Board to borrow $25,000 already in the current fiscal year 

1961-62. 

• • The 1961 Home Mission offerings have not increased and may prove to be less than 1960 

after all offerings are received. 

• • There is no such thing as status quo in mission endeavors — we either go forward or 

backward. 

• • The Lord said "Go Ye." Dare we do otherwise? 



'ebruary 17. 1962 



Page Five 



MISSION NEWS FROM KOKOMO. INDIANA 



The current Ten Dollar Club call 
b for the IKokomo Brethren Church at 
tokomo, Indiana which was started 
ibout nineteen months ago. The 
ounders of this group requested in 
heir initial plans the support of the 
en Dollar Club to aid them in the 
evelopment of their program. The 
lissionary Board gave assurance that 
lokomo would be granted a call. This 
all will last until the end of June. 

Recently we received a report from 
le secretary of the Kokomo church. 
Ve are always happy to receive word 
f progress from our churches. 

She reported that the average Sun- 
ay School attendance for July, Au- 
U9t, and September was 45. For Oc- 
sber, November, and December the 
verage rose to 48. Each quarter has 
hown an increase, which is enlighten- 

The IWorning Worship service in 
uly, August and September showed 
n average of 29. The October, No- 
lember, December quarter attendance 
Kcreased to 44. 

The three-fold Communion in the 
all was attended by 28 people. 

The Young Adult class sponsored 

Hallowe'en Party in October and 
pproximately 60 attended, most of 
lem in costume. 

A Signal Liglits group was organ- 
sed in October also. The average at- 
sndance has been 17 children. 

For a temporary meeting place our 
roup, in conjunction with the Indiana 
>istrict Mission Board purchased an 
Id church building which will be sold 
ventually. The church has been com- 
letely re-pa'inted. The men of the 
hurch painted the basement and the 
rim on the outside. A group was 
ired to paint the sanctuary. It is 
one in a rosy-beige. Very pretty in- 
eed! The pulpit furniture was also 
tainted. The men built tables in the 
■asement and some kitchen cabinets. 
4. used refrigerator was given to us 
lor the kitchen, too. 

We closed our charter in April 1961 
>'ith 32 members. We now have 33 
nembers. We gained two but lost one 
y letter. 

We are now trying to start a Breth- 
en Youth. We have several young 
leople in Sunday School so a group 
hould be organized without too much 
rouble. 

That's all the news for now. 




January $10 Club Members 

iVIrs. Lagusta Davis Kokomo, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Runyon Ashland, Ohio 

Jr. W. M. S. West Alexandria West Alexandria, Ohio 

Mr. and Mrs. William Nice Warsaw, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stottlenger Hagerstown, Maryland 

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Johnson Hagerstown, Maryland 

Mrs. Cora Hoffman Bryan, Ohio 





MY SHARE 






I Promise to 


assist in the building of new Brethren 


churches by 


giving $10.00 


or more for each new cliurch project. 


It 


s my under- 


standing that 


I will be called upon for this conti 


ibution not more | 


than twice in 


any one year. I further understand 


that 


if 1 am un- 


able to contri 


hute when called, I will be relieved 


of my obligation. 


Signed 








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D 


evotions 


General Theme for the 


Year: 


"EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 


Theme for March- 


-"OF GOD'S CALL" 



Writer for March — PROFESSOK EDWIX BOAKDMAX 
March 1st through 7th — "For Salvation" 



REV. EDWIN BOARDMAN, our 
devotional writer for the month of 
March, is Professor of Church History 
at Ashland Theological Seminary, is 
a member of the Park Street Breth- 
ren Church, Ashland, Ohio, and lives 
at 423 Broad Street in Ashland. 



March 1, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 2:32-41 

Scripture Verse: For the promise 
is unto you, and to your children, and 
to all that are afar off, even as many 
as the Lord our God shall call. Acts 
2:39. 

Peter was the chief preacher when 
the inspired Christian body, filled 
with the Holy Spirit, blest with the 
gift of "Tongues," and the ability 
to preach the Word effectively, be- 
came the harvesters of the first 
great ingathering of believers into 
the Christian Church. Three thou- 
sand converts were won to the ac- 
ceptance of Christ as their Savior. 

The program of salvation begins 
for each modern Christian when he 
accepts Christ 'as Savior. It is not 
required that we must be competent 
theologians when we accept the Lord, 
but it is necessary that we keep 
growing in grace and in tiie knowl- 
edge and love of God. 

The Day's Thought 

"I know whom I have believed, and 
ain persuaded that He is able to keep 
that which I have committed to Him 
against that day." 

March 2, 1962 
Read Scripture: I John 3:1-16 

Scripture Verse: Behold what man- 
ner of love the Father hath bestowed 
upon us, that we should be called 
the Sons of God. I John 3:1. 

So many times when professed 
Christians are addressed as Chris- 
tians there is a tendency to deny 
this by saying, "I'm not a very good 
Christian." The Apostle John was 
anxious to have the Christian com- 
munity put itself on record in the 
first Christian Century, not only as 
good Christians, but as veritable Sons 
of God right now, and with the furth- 
er knowledge that when He appears 
we shall be like Him for we shall 



see Him as He is. It is a true mark 
of God's love for us that we should 
be called "Sons of God"; not orphans 
or outcasts, but related in an espe- 
cially close and tender way to the 
Heavenly Father who delights to 
think of us as "His own choice and 
peculiar possession." Here is a Call 
and relationship to be cherished by 
each one of us. 

The Day's Thought 

"Love suffereth long and is kind." 

March 3, 1962 
Read Scripture: 11 Timothy 1:1-12 

Scripture Verse: Who hath saved 
us, and called us with an holy call- 
ing, not according to our works, but 
according to His own purpose and 
grace. II Timothy 1:9. 

Paul, as he wrote the above mes- 
sage to Timothy, must have had long 
memories. "Called with a holy call- 
ing," must have seemed like a far cry 
from the hardships he had to endure. 
The "Glory Road" for Paul had its 
shipwrecks, scourgings, dangers from 
mobs, imprisonments, care of the 
churches. Especially did Paul remem- 
ber the fickle Galatians when he cried 
out to them, "From henceforth let no 
man trouble me for I bear in my 
body the marks of the Lord Jesus 
(Gal. 6:17). Paul made all these tests 
add up as part of God's purpose and 
grace in his life, and every step of 
it had but made the "glory of the 
Lord" more real and more clear for 
this "messenger valiant for the truth." 

The Day's Thought 

"For Me to Live is Christ, and to 
die is gain." Phil. 1:21. 

March 4, 1962 
Read Scripture: I Corinthians 9:19-27 
Scripture Verse: Brethren, let ev- 
ery man, wherein he is called, therein 
abide with God. I Corinthians 7:24. 



The call of God in our life expe- 
rience is not merely for time but for 
eternity. The "call" comes to most 
of us while we're still young and 
we must live and learn. Paul, wise in 
experience, and in the goodness of 
God, found the necessary possession 
that made all the difference in as- 
sessing the sum total of his call.! 
That difference was the abiding pres- 
ence of God in every hour of each] 
day of Paul's life as an adventurer 
in faith. To have the sense of the 
Eternal Presence in one's life made 
for balance, composure, sense of di-! 
rection, and sense of mission. De- 
cisions were made with God's Peace 
abiding within the "inner man of the 
heart." 

The Day's Thought 

"God is a kind Father. He sets us 
in the places where He wishes us tc 
be employed. . .He always gives u£| 
strength enough and sense enoughi 
for what He wants us to do." 

John Ruskin. 

March 5, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 1:1-14 

Scripture Verse: But as many as 
received Him to them gave He power' 
to become the Sons of God, even W 
them that believe on His name. John 
1:12. 

Near the end of the first Christian ^ 
Century, the Apostle John was con- 
vinced that Jesus was Deity, and 
maker of heaven and earth. He was 
iust as sure that, when Jesus camel 
into the world to win man back tci 
the Household of God, all man had; 
to do was to receive Him as Savioi 
and Lord and become "sons of God" 
The testimony of the Christian Age.'; 
has proven the truth of man's kini 
ship with the Heavenly Father. Since 
men have exercised faith by belie^^ng! 
in truths hard to prove axiomatically 
then it is the part of wisdom to be' 



'ebruary 17, 1962 



Tage Seven 



eve that by accepting Jesus as Sa- 
ior we can become "Sons of God." 

The Day's Thought 

But what can mortal man do to 
3cure his own salvation ? Moi'tal man 
an do just what God bids him do. 
(e can repent and believe. He can 
rise and follow Christ as Matthew 
id. Washing'ton Gladden. 

(March 6, 1962 
,,ead Scripture: I Corinthians 7:10-17 
Scripture Verse: But as God hath 
istributed to every man, as the Lord 
ath called everyone, so let him walk, 
nd so ordain I in all churches. I 
orinthians 7:17. 

J The question of marriage in tlie 
irly Church, especially the vexing 
roblem of the marriage of a be- 
ever to an unbeliever, caused much 
■ouble. When we add to this the 
lought that first century Christians 
tbored under the charges that Chris- 
anity was counted both atheistic and 
linnibalistic by the Roman world: 
theistic because Christians would 
ot believe in, or worship the Roman 
ods; cannibalistic because they were 
slieved to partake of human flesh 
I their secret meetings. It is easy 
) understand then wlay trouble would 
rise in divided households. Paul ap- 
ealed for charity and patience on 
le part of the Christian community 

I the endeavor to keep the family 
nes soundly Christian and morally 
30ve reproach. 

The Day's Thought 

"Love suffereth long, and is kind." 
Cor. 13:4. 

March 7, 1962 
ead Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16 

Scripture Verse: I therefore the 
risoner of the Lord beseech you that 
e walk worthy of the vocation where- 
ith ye are called. Eph. 4:1. 

Paul wrote the Ephesian epistle 
ram a prison in Rome. Not long af- 

II this letter reached Ephesus the 
reat apostle suffered martyrdom by 
eheading at the hands of the Ro- 
lans under the rule of the wicked 
[ero. 

The Ephesian letter is a grand, 
ourageous challenge to both the in- 
ividual Christian and the Christian 
'hurch through the ages urging them 
3 face ahead as good soldiers of 
esus Christ; unafraid of persecution, 
nd loyally determined to witness a 
ood confession for Jesus Christ. It 
5 still true that Jesus wants His 
ollowers to meet Him at the Cross, 



not just to sing hymns and find par- 
don for their sins, but to match their 
sacrifices with His, and to do their 
part in bringing in the "day of 
Glory." 

The Day's Thought 
"Loyalty to God is alone fundamen- 
tal. Out of that dutiful root grows 
the beautiful life radically and ra- 
diantly true to God, the only life that 
can be lived in both worlds." (Maltbie 
Babcock.) 



Weddings 

GEISBERT-MILLER. Ronald Geis- 
bert and Miss Chesta Miller were 
united in marriage by the undersigned 
at the West Alexandria Brethren 
Church, January 19th, in a double 
ring ceremony in the presence of the 
immediate families and a few close 
friends. 

Elmer M. Keck, Pastor. 



PASTOR DESIRED 
Because our pastor is entering the 
foreign missionary service of the 
Brethren Church, we would like to 
have anyone interested in this pas- 
torate to contact the church mod- 
erator. 

Earl Wilkin, Moderator, 

Lanark Brethren Church, 

223 W. Leland, 

Lanark, Illinois. 



CHRIST LIVES IN ME 

Do not suffer yourself to get excited 
by what is said about you. Let the 
world talk; you strive to do the will 
of God; as for that of men, you could 
never succeed in doing it to their sat- 
isfaction, and it is not worth the 
pains. A moment of silence, of peace 
and of union to God, will amply re- 
compense you for every calumny that 
shall be uttered against you. 

We must love our fellows, without 
expecting friendship from them; they 
leave us and return, they go and come; 
let them do as they will; it is but 
a feather, the sport of the wind. See 
God only in them; it is He that af- 
flicts or consoles us, by means of 
them, according as we have need. Let 
the water flow beneath the bridge. 
Let me be weak, vain, inconstant, un- 
just, false and presumptuous. . .He 
sees it all more clearly than you do, 
and yet permits it. Be content to do 
quietly and gently what it becomes 
you to do, and let everything else 
be to you as though it were not. 

— Fenelon. 



PASTOR DESIRED 
The Masontown, Pa., Brethren 
Church desires to consider applicants 
to fill the pulpit. Contact may be 
made with Harry L. Berkshire, Chair- 
man, Pulpit Committee, Masontown, 
Pa. 

F. A. Wheeler, 
Secretary of the Board. 



23 DAYS 
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Cities to be visited include: 

Athens, Corinth 

Cairo, 

Beirut, Damascus, Amman, Jerash 

Petra, Jericho, 

Seven nights in Jerusalem 

Jericho, Hebron, Bethlehem, Samaria 

Galilee, Cana, Beersheba 

Rome 

EVERY MAJOR BIBLE SITE WILL BE VISITED ON THIS 
TOUR. EVERY DAY OF THE 23 WILL BE ON BIBLE LANDS SOIL. 
Study your Bible where it was written. 

For only $1285 you can make this tour. Travel arrangements are 
made by Mennonite Travel Service and TWA. Directors are Charles 
Munson and George MacDonald. Write to Charles Munson, 616 Park 
Street, Ashland, Ohio. 



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Prayer Meeting 



Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



FEET WASHING A CHURCH ORDINANCE 

In Jesus' name once more we meet, 

To honor Him Who said: 
Ye ought to wash each other's feet, 

As I the way have led. 

Then come, lil<e loving brethren bound, 

To tread the patlis He trod; 
Come, do His will, and walk the ground. 

Which leads to Heav'n and God. 

With words of love -sublime and sweet, 

He cheer'd each fainting heart. 
And washed, and wiped those lov'd ones' feet, 

From whom He soon must part. 

O Lord, we will remember Thee, 

And keep this plain command; 
Oh, may our hearts obedient be. 

In one united band. 

— Old German Baptist Hymnal. 

TESUS INSTITUTED the washing of the saints' feet 
" as an ordinance of His Church (Jn. 13:1-7). The 
oriental host supplied water to his guests who washed 
their own feet at the door (Gen. 18:4; 19:2; 24:32). This 
custom obtained in the time of the Judges (Judges 19:21), 
and also in the time of Christ (Lu. 7:44). When Jesus 
washed the disciples' feet He said that the customary 
washing had already been performed (Jn. 13:10). Since 
Jesus was not performing the customary washing, the 
disciples did not understand it, and Jesus did not ex- 
pect them to comprehend (v. 7). He Who once defended 
His disciples for eating with unwashed hands (Matt. 
15:2, 20) would now exclude them for unwashed feet 
(Jn. 13:8). This was not a physical cleansing because 
Judas remained unclean (v. 11). It had to be of sym- 
bolical significance because Peter before his feet were 
washed was pronounced by the Master to be as clean as 
the others who had been washed (vs. 9, 10). It was 
meant for the heart for none can enter Heaven uncleansed 
from sin (Rev. 22:14, 15). Jesus made it a church or- 
dinance for only His disciples were commanded to keep 
it (v. 14). And as ia church ordinance it is to be ob- 
served by all believers (Matt. 28:20). Paul said that a 
widow in the church who had not washed the saints' feet 
was ineligible for church support (1 Tim. 5:9, 10). If 
its non-observance in the case of Peter and the widow 
was not without penalty would non-observance on our 
part go unpunished (Acts 10:34) ? 

In the Bible, water and blood are symbols of spiritual 
cleansing (1 Jn. 5:6-8). Water and blood flowed from 
the wounded side of Christ for all cleansing from sin 
(Jn. 20:34). Christ continually cleanses His Church "with 
the washing of water by the word" (Eph. 5:26, 27). 



They who walk in His light are continually cleanse( ' 
"from all sin" (1 Jn. 1:7). Before our Great High PriesI 
(Heb. 4:14) can take away our stains of sin we nius 
show them to Him (1 Jn. 1:8-10). New Testament be 
lievers are called priests (1 Pet. 2:9). Old Testamen 
priests could not serve in the Tabernacle without wash 
ing their hands and feet at the laver (Ex. 30:17-20) 
Eailure to do so meant death (v. 21). The laver was madi 
from the brass mirrors of the women in order tha 
they might see themselves (Ex. 38:8). Our mirror ii 
which we are to behold ourselves is God's Word (Jas 
1:23-25). 

Make up Thy jewels, Lord, and show 

The glorious, spotless church below; 

The fellowship of saints make known. 

And O my God, might I be one. 

Oh, may my lot be cast with these, 
The least of Jesus' witnesses, 
Oh, that my Lord may count me meet, 
To wash His dear disciples' feet. 

To wait upon His saints below, 

On gospel errands for them go, j 

Enjoy the grace to angels giv'n. 

And serve the royal heirs of Heav'n. 

— Old German Baptist Hymnal. 



Sunday Sciiool Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 



THE PUPIL AND DISCIPLINE 
Part Three 

THUS FAR, in the two preceeding articles, we have 
considered the environment and the teacher as fac- 
tors in Sunday School discipline. It is now in order that 
we should consider the pupil himself as he relates to the 
problem of discipline. 

The Sunday School is made up of many different age 
groups from babies through adults. Naturally, the mean.' 
to class discipline is not the same throughout all these 
age groups. 

Babies and small children are very much dependent orj 
other people. They have very little freedom and requirt 
much conti'ol and discipline. As they grow older thej 
gradually gain more freedom and require less control' 
As they learn self-control they become less dependeHt 
upon outward control. Adulthood represents the perioc 
of maximum freedom and minimum external control. 

On this basis, then, discipline patterns in so far as 
possible should be developed in the early grades of Sun 
day School. As the children grow older their freedoffj 
should be increased and discipline decreased. Treatini; 
older children and young people like "babies", with rigici 
controls is a hindrance rather than a help. They musij 
be encouraged to take responsibility and to develop self] 
conti'ol. ; 






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It is important that the teacher have an adequate un- 
lerstanding of the age group with which he is working, 
[■his can be acquired through observation and by read- 
ng on the subject of age group characteristics. In this 
vay he will learn how much and what kind of conti-ol 
s best for his age group. Or on the positive side, he will 
earn how much and what kind of freedom they should 
le allowed. He will also leani the needs and interests 
if the gx-oup so 'that he will be able to plan for a class 
ession which will be happy and interesting as well as 
irofitable. 

It would be foolish to expect to use the same method 
f teaching for high schooler's and primaries, adults and 
unior high's. The lesson must be adapted to the age 
evel, the method to the span of concentration, the ac- 
ivities to the interests of the group. It is unfair, for ex- 
mple to expect primaries and pre-schoolei-'s to sit for 
,n hour of lecture in the Sunday School. They need ac- 
ivities and it is through these activities that much of 
heir learning takes place. They, in pai'ticular, learn by 
oing. The lesson and its method of presentation must 
le patterned for the needs of the age group. 

It should be mentioned here that curriculum can be 
1 help or hindrance at this point. Good curriculum mate- 
ials are written with the pupil and his characteristics 
ti mind. The Brethren Church has met this need by adopt- 
ig the use of Gospel Light Sunday School literature, 
'his Sunday School material is completely .graded. It is 

ritten with due consideration of the pupil, his charac- 
:ristics, his needs, and even his vocabulary in mind, 
'his material, therefore, can be of great help to the Sun- 
ay School teacher as he relates the pupil to the prob- 
;m of discipline and control. 



Next week — meeting specific discipline problems. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 25, 1962 

THE CLEAN LIFE 

Text: Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27-30; Mark 7:14-23 

"CLEANLINESS of body, clothing and home is im- 
_• pressed upon us from the day of our birth. How- 
ver, physical cleanliness, as important as it might be, 
all never take the place of cleanliness of the soul for 
aving the fullest and richest life which God intends us 
D have. The prophet said, "It is not in man that walketh 
3 dii-ect his steps" (Jer. 10:23), but Christ said, "Come, 
allow me." 

We are all too well aware of the fact of an ever in- 
reasing amount of moral corruption which is in violation 
f the basic command of God, "Thou shalt not commit 
dultery." Many have turned to Christ and found that 
Key could clean up their lives and that "the clean life" 
1 Him is far more to be desired. 



A clean life is a matter of the soul. We can only 
judge men for crimes committed outwardly. God judges 
men for the filth that they entertain in their souls. Jesus 
teaches that those who enjoy adultery and its related 
evils of incest and fornication in their minds — imagining 
it, reading about it, watching it in movies, on T. V., and 
the like — are just as guilty as if they did what they would 
love to do. 

A clean life is attained by first of all recognizing our- 
selves as sons of Adam for what we are. We are by na- 
ture corrupt, unclean, prone to sin and condemned (.John 
3:18, 19; Rom. 3:23, 8:5-7; Eph. 4:22; I John 2:15). Mere 
physical restraint by parents or legislation or educa- 
tion, divorced from God and His Word is not enough 
to cleanse the life. Statistics may show that only about 
3% of our juveniles become involved in juvenile court 
proceedings but they also show that 3 out of 5 will be- 
come involved in divorces. 

"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way ? by 
taking heed thereto according to thy word" (Ps. 119:9). 
Thei-e is power and direction in the Word of God (Eph. 
5:26). 

The only power in heaven and earth which can actually 
cleanse the soul of the filth that is there is the blood 
of Jesus Christ (I John 1:7, 9). In Christ through the 
process of the new birth, repentance, confession, and 
justification and in the receiving of the Holy Spirit a 
person becomes a new creation (1 Cor. 5:17). 

In facing these days when divorce is but a social in- 
convenience, when fornicators are scarcely embarrassed 
when caught and when there are more adulterers than 
faithful mates, concerned people need to rediscover the 
life-cleansing power of Christ in the home. 



THE LITTLE LAMP 

The little lamp stood on a table in the corner, and 
near it stood an odd little vase. When Stella came to 
visit, she spied the curious little vase at once, and asked 
all about it. 

"The vase is pretty," said Aunt Margaret, "but it is 
too small to be of much use." 

"If it were' mine," said Stella, "I would set it in the 
middle of the little table and take away the little lamp. 
It isn't nearly as pretty as the vase." 

But that very night Stella found out that sometimes 
the little lamp could seem very beautiful. Something was 
wrong with the electric lig^hts, and after a few flickers 
the big light in the living room went out, and they were 
sitting in the dark. 

Stella heard Aunt Margaret go across the room; then 
she heard the striking of a match, and saw that Aunt Mar- 
garet was lighting the little lamp. There was plenty of 
oil in it, the wick was trimmed and the little chimney 
bright and clear, although that lamp was not much larger 
than the vase, its cheery light soon drove away the dark- 
ness. 

"I'd rather have a lamp than the vase," decided Stella. 
And that night Aunt Margaret taught her this little verse: 
"God make my life a little light 

Within the world to glow, 
A little flame 'that burneth bright 
Wherever I may go." 

— Publisher Unknown. 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Signal Lights Program for Marcli 

Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsingei 



Call to Worship: 

Now is the: 
Time to sing, 
Time to pray, 
Time to love 
Him> everyday. 

Sing: 

'■Praise Him" 
"Wide as the Ocean" 
"Stepping in the Light" 
"0 For a Thousand Tongues" 

Bible Story: 

"Mary and Martha, Friends of Jesus" 

Do you have friends you like to 
visit? Where do they live? When do 
you go tliere ? 

Jesus lilved to visit His friends, too. 
In the little village of Bethany, near 
Jerusalem lived His friends, Mary and 
JMartha and Lazai'us. Jesus visited 
them often. They were always glad 
to have Him come. They had such 
good times together. 

One day when Jesus was to come, 
Mary and Martha worked hard getting 
ready for Him. They cleaned the 
house. They picked bouquets of 
flowers. They brought fresli water 
from the well. 

Late in the afternoon when there 
was still much to do to fix the even- 
ing meal, Mary glanced out a window. 

"Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming," 
she called to Martha as she ran to 
meet Him. 

Martha, too, was glad Jesus was 
here. She fixed a basin of water and 
took it and a towel to the door for 
Jesus to waslr His feet. 

When the two sisters liad made 
Jesus comfortable, Martha liurried 
back to the kitchen to finish her cook- 
ing. She thought Mary would come, 
too. Instead, Mary sat on the floor 
near Jesus to visit with Him. 

As they talked, Jesus told Mary 
of the places He had been and the 
things He had done. He told her of 
God's love and how she could serve 
Him. Perhaps He told her the story 
of the Good Samaritan and other 
stories He had used that day in teach- 
ing the people. They talked for a 
long time. 

Then Martha came hurrying into 
the room. She looked cross, and she 
sounded cross when she said, "Lord, 
don't you care that my sister has 



let me do the work alone ? Tell her 
to come and help me." 

Jesus smiled as He looked up at 
her. "Martha, you are working hard. 
I am glad you are fixing a good meal 
for Me, but you can do that later. 
Mary knows it is important to learn 
about God. Come and talk witli us." 

Jesus wants to be in our homes to- 
day. He likes to be in homes that 
are clean and neat; homes that are 
happy and joyful; homes where peo- 
ple have time to talk to Him and to 
listen to Him. 

Do you take time to talk to Jesus 
in prayer? Do you take time to hear 
His words by reading the Bible ? 

Mary and Martha were His friends. 
They were glad to have Him visit 
in their home. Let us invite Jesus 
to our homes and visit witli Him 
there. 

—Based on Lulve 10:38-42. 

Sing: 

To the tune of 
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" 
Mary sat at Jesus' feet, (1) 

Jesus' feet, Jesus' feet; 
Mary sat at Jesus' feet, 
Because she loved Him so. 

Martha in the kitchen baked, (2) 
Kitchen baked, kitchen baked; 

Martha in the kitchen baked, 
Stirred and baked her dough. 

Martha said, 

"Mary should be helping me, (3) 

Helping me, helping me; 
Mary should be helping me, 

Helping bake my dough." 

Jesus said, 

"Mary's doing as I wish, (4) 

As I wish, as I wish; 
Mary's doing as I wish, 

Mary, do not go." 

Mary said, 

"I want to sit at Jesus' feet, (5) 

Jesus' feet, Jesus' feet; 
I want to sit at Jesus' feet 

Because I love Him so." 

Oh, children do you love Him, (6) 

Love Him, love Him; 
Oh, children do you love Him ? 

Then listen to His Word. 



1. Children sit on the floor. 

2. Stand and stir with the hands. 

3. Shake finger. 

4. Arm outstretched, palm down. 

5. Children sit on floor. 

6. Stand and point to each other. 
Memory Time: Luke 19:10 

For the Son of Man is come to seek 
and to save that which was lost. 

Have you learned this month'.- 
memory Scripture? Who will say it 
for us ? (After several children have 
repeated the verse say it in unison.) 

Review previous verses. 
Mission Story: 

"Tell Them of Jesus" 

"Come, Anita. Come, Enrico. Plati- 
cas Cristianas is going to start," 
called Mother. 

The children hurried into the room 
and sat down on the floor near the 
radio. They enjoyed the lovely music. 
They bowed their heads in prayer. 
They listened carefully as the min- 
ister spoke about Jesus. 

"Jesus loves you," he said. "Wheth- 
er you're young or old, He loves you. 
He wants to be your Savior. That's 
why He died on the cross and then 
rose from the dead. Jesus loves you. 
Wherever you are; whoever you are, 
Jesus loves you." 

Just before the program signed off 
the announcer said, "If you want to 
know more about Jesus and the things 
He teaches, write to us. We will send 
you a copy of the New Testament 
You can read for yourself the wonder- 
ful stories of His love." 

"Did you write down the a 
this time. Mother?" asked Anita. 

"Yes," said Mother. "I have the 
address." 

"Let's write our letter now," sug- 
gested Enrico. "We want to get our 
New Testament. We ,want to read 
moi'e about Jesus." 

Mother sat down at the desk andl 
wrote the letter asking for a New 
Testament. 

It seemed to take a long time for 
the letter to go all the way to Buenos 
Aires and the New Testament to 
come back to them. You know how 
impatient you get when you are wait-1 
ing for something to come in the 
mail. At last, the New Testament 
came. Enrico and Anita opened thei 
package carefully. 



'February 17, 1962 

"Oh, see the lovely Book," said 
A.nita. 

Please read to us, Mother?" asked 
ilnrico. 

Mother took the Book. She read 
aloud the stories of Jesus' birth. She 
read about Him being in the Temple 
ffheR He was twelve years old. Later 
she read about Jesus teaching and 
^reaching and healing. One day she 
■ead about His death on the Cross 
I ind how He arose from the dead on 
l;he third day. She read about Him 
joing back to Heaven. 

Enrico and Anita listened carefully 
whenever Mother read to them fi-om 
;he New Testament. They often talked 
ibout the things they heard. 

One day Anita said, "Mother, I 
;ivant Jesus to be my Savior." 

"So do I," said Enrico. 

Mother smiled happily. "I'm glad, 
because I want Him to be my Savior, 
too. Let's write another letter to the 
people who broadcast Platicas Cris- 
tianas. They will help us to become 
'good followers of Jesus." 
j Soon another letter was on its way 
to Buenos Aires. 

Every day many letters come to the 
radio station of Platicas Cristianas. 
[t takes much time and money to an- 
swer all these letters. But because 
every one is carefully answered many, 
many boys and girls and men and 
women are learning of Jesus. 

The Doing-Without-Money we Sig- 
nal Lights bring this year will help 
to pay for the answering of these let- 
ters. Just think, each time you drop 
money in your Doing-Without-Box 
you are helping someone to hear 
about Jesus! 

Friendship Circle of Prayer: Let us 

thank God for our Bibles. Let us 
thank Him that many people in Ar- 
gentina are receiving New Testa- 
ments to read about Jesus. Let us 
ask Him to help our missionaries as 
they work for Him there. 

Business: 

1. Eoll Call (What did you do with- 
out this month ? ) 

2. Secretary's Report 

3. Check Bible Reading 

4. A birthday to remember: Bar- 
bara Bischof will be six years 
old on April 22. 

Handwork: Miniature New Testa- 
ments 

Give each child a piece of black 
paper land a piece of white paper 
about three by four inches and a 



piece of red paper about one-fourth 
inch longer and wider. 

Today we are going to make tiny 
New Testaments which will remind 
us of the New Testaments given to 
the listeners of Platicas Cristianas. 

First, we will paste the black paper 
to the red. A little bit of the red 
should stick out all the way around. 
Now, we will paste the white paper 
on the other side of the red. Again 
the red should show all around. 

Next, fold your book in half with 
the black on the outside. On the cover 
print "New Testament" with a yel- 
low pencil or crayon. On the inside 
print this month's memory Scripture. 

Take your book home. Put it where 
you will see it often. It will help 
remind you to do without this month. 
Signal Lights' Benediction 

Signal Lights' Fun At Home: 

What Is Missing? 

Can you fill in the missing words 
of these memory Scriptures ? 

shall pass away, but my 

shall not pass away. 



Page Eleven 

2. What time I am , 

I will in . 

3. For unto you is 

this day in the city of David 
a , w li i c h is 

4. And thou shalt the Lord 

thy God with all thy 

and with all thy soul, and with all 

thy , and with all thy 

strength; this is the 

commandment. 

5. In the beginning created 

the and the 



6. For the Son of Man is come to 

and to that 

which was . 

Give yourself five points for each 
right answer. If your score is under 
70 you better study your memory 
Scriptures more! 
Answers: 

1. Heaven, earth, words 

2. afraid, trust, thee 

3. born, Savior, Christ, Lord 

4. love, heart, mind, first 

5. God, heaven, earth 

6. seek, save, lost. 



XI eiv s 






Hagerstown, Md. Several months 
ago it was announced through this 
column that the Washington church 
and the Hagerstown church were in 
a friendly Sunday School contest 
based on percentage gain in atten- 
dance and personal calling done. Hag- 
erstown was the winner, and on Jan- 
uary 29th, the Officers and Teachers 
of the Hagerstown Sunday School 
were treated to a banquet by the 
Washington Brethren at Washington. 
It is reported that much good, excel- 
lent attendances and personal con- 
tacts resulted from the contest. 

Oak Hill, W. Va. Brother M. W. 
Dodds notes that the average Sunday 
School attendance for the month of 
January was 150, which exceeds the 
previous year's January average by 
69. Much credit is given to the ef- 
forts of visitation workers for the in- 
crease. 

Vinco, Pa. The Boys' Brotherhood 
public service is scheduled for Feb- 



ruary 18th. Both groups will be par- 
ticipating. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. Baptismal 
services were held following the morn- 
ing service on January 28 th. Four 
were baptized. 

A "Good News" Club, meeting Mon- 
day evenings after school, has been 
started. Mrs. Elmer M. Keck is in 
charge. The Club is for all boys and 
girls over the age of five years. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. The Senior 
Sisterhood conducted their public ser- 
vice on January 14th. 

Gratis, Ohio. Mrs. Dorothy Rose 
Tinkel was the speaker at the W. M. 
S. public sei-vice on January 28th. 

Akron, Indiana (Cooperative). 
Brother Horace Huse reports the re- 
ception of four new members by bap- 
tism, on January 7th. 

Muncie, Indiana. The Boys' Broth- 
erhood public service is scheduled foi;, 
February 18th. 



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The dining hall and kitchen, np- 
stairs bedroom window — a room nine 
feet wide and twenty feet lo"g — ap- 
proximately. 




ARGENTINE BRETHREN TRAINING CENTER 



PART ONE 




Living quarters, dining hall, tool 
shed and garage. 



AT NATIONAL Conference last 
August the Woman's Missionary 
Society voted to have as their project 
for the coming year an offering for 
the training of national workers in 
Argentina. At that time such a 
school seemed to be a distant dream,; ' 
but the Lord works in wonderfuK 
and mysterious ways, and our dream 
is now becoming a reality. The fol- 
lowing report from the Missionary 
Board should fill the heart of each 
W. M. S. member with joy and spur 
each of us to work doubly hard on 
our project for this year. 

"It has been the concern and 
2Drayers of many to provide a Breth- 



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•en training center in Argentina for 
)reparation of Christian worliers and 
jastors. We rejoice that God has an- 
iwered these prayers in part by pre- 
lenting an opportunity to purchase 
i 15-acre farm southwest of Rosario. 
rhe property was owned by a niis- 
lionary who has returned to the 
States and is now working with the 
3ack to the Bible organization. 

"We are doubly gi-ateful that the 
N. M. S. has made the purchase of 
his property possible by advancing 
i9,000 on their 1961-62 project. A 
jrief description of the property is as 
■ollows: 

15-acre farm, seven of which are al- 
ready sown in wheat 

A 12-room house with toilet rooms, 
in fine repair 

A 4-room house with bath, in need 
of some minor repairs 

Bath house and swimming pool 

Modern facilities 

House furnishings including bed- 
ding, kitchen utensils, etc. 

Farm machinery 

"The location of this property is 
I short distance from the center of 
)Ur Argentine work which is Rosario. 
[t is on the route to Mugeta where 
TO have a Brethren Annex and it 
s in the area of several villages and 
;owns that have no evangelical wit- 
less. Preaching points could be es- 
;ablished and carried on by students, 
[n addition to a new highway which 
s being constructed and which will 
Tiake this area moi'e accessible; it 
already has train and bus service to 
ind from Rosario with travel time of 
ibout one hour. 

"The Rosario area is generally be- 
ieved by many of the folks in Ar- 
gentina, to be a good place to locate 
5uch a training center. It is the geo- 
graphical center of the Argentine 
Brethren Church which advantage 
peaks for itself. Furthermore, there 
ire no such training schools in the 
losario area and it is believed by 
ome that the placing of one there 
;ould be of real significance not only 
'or the Brethren Church but for the 
ntire evangelical cause." 

Next week we will continue with 
I description of the farm and other 
nformation about the new training 
;enter. You will be interested in the 
)ictures of the property as well. Let 
IS start now to pray for this very 
mportant work! 



The 
Woman*s 
Comer 

Edith Rodkey 



Hello to You who reads the Woman's 
Corner, 

We hear much about the importance 
of beginning each day with prayer, 
and we know how rewarding this 
habit can be. I was looking through 
my scrapbook and found this poem 
that I would like to share with you. 
It is one of Ralph S. Cushman's po- 
ems and is entitled "Evening, Morn- 
ing and Noon will I Pray." 
I met Him at evening when work was 

done, 
And told Him the things I had lost 

and won: 
And there at the close of a hard day's 

race 
I met the Master face to face. 

We talked of those things I had won 

and lost, 
And He stilled a soul that was 

tempest tossed; 
But in that hour I heard Him say. 



"My son, you should find me at 
break of day." 

So I met Him there in the morning 
light, 
And gone were the shadows and 
burdens of night 
As strongly He sent me out of the 
place 
Where I met the Master face to 
face. 

But lo, in the midst of the noonday 
heat 
I stumbled and lost the Presence 
sweet; 
And shamed in that hour I heard 
Him say. 
My son, you must seek me at noon 
of day." 

"For evening and morning are not 
enough; 
The day is long and the road is 
rough; 
As the heat increases, strong men 
grow weak; 
New strength from above, your soul 
must seek." 

And that's how I learned at the noon 
of day 
To lift my eyes and steal away. 
At least in thought, to some quiet 
place 
Where I sit with the Master face to 
face. 



THE HIGH COST OF MISSIONS 



In 1839, John Williams, dubbed 
"The Apostle of the South Seas," and 
a missionary named Hai-ris, sailed to 
the New Hebrides isles and were 
clubbed to death by savages after a 
period of service for Christ. 

Eighteen years later, G. N. Gordon 
and his wife took up the work on 
these islands and were killed in 1861. 

Mr. Gordon's brother went to the 
same place and was killed in 1872. 

A couple of missionaries named 
Turner and Nisbet later disembarked 
on the island of Tanna, stayed seven 
months then fled for their lives by 
night in an open boat. 

John G. Paton also heai'd the call 
of God to the New Hebrides. When 
he confided to a friend these plans 
he was warned: "You will be eaten 
by cannibals!" 

Paton replied, "Mr. Dickson, you 
are old... soon you will be put into 



the grave and eaten by worms. But 
if I can live and die serving the Lord 
Jesus Christ, it doesn't make any dif- 
ference to me whether I'm eaten by 
cannibals or worms." 

So Paton shoved off" on his danger- 
ous but God-appointed mission. 

He learned the language, won for 
Christ many brute savages and held 
his first communion service in 1869 
with 12 Christian natives partaking. 

"I shall never taste a deeper bliss," 
he said, "until I gaze into the glori- 
fied face of Jesus Himself!" 

Paton lived to see 16,000 South Sea 
islanders sing of God's love. And on 
the plains where savages once killed 
and ate each other, now stand Chris- 
tian churches, schools and printing 
presses. 

His life work behind him, John G. 
Paton is today enjoying his "deeper 
bliss" — gazing upon the glorified face 
of Him he served so well. 



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Sisterhood Program for March 



Senior Devotional Program 



Topic: "Exploring the Depths of Calvary" 



I John 4:16 — And we have known 
and believed the love that God hath 
to us. God is love; and he that dwell- 
eth in love dwelleth in God, and! God 
in him. 
Bible Study 



Benediction 

How do you fill in the missing as- 
pects to a program? 

Sisterhood girls who are graduat- 
ing seniors and are planning to enter lege, Ashland, Ohio. 



Ashland College, September, 1962 are 
invited to apply for the Sisterhood 
Scholarship. Write to Carol Porte, 
230 College Ave., Ashland, or Kay 
Albright, Myers Hall, Ashland Col- 



Bible Study: Mrs. Charles Lowmasterj 

THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST— Study of Luke 



"And it came to pass in those 
days that he went out into a moun- 
tain to pray, and continued all night 
in prayer to God, and when it was 
day, He called unto Him His dis- 
ciples." Luke 6:12-13a. 



TN ALL of our Bible reading we are 
repeatedly told of the importance 
of prayer. Jesus spent a whole night 
in prayer just prior to the calling 
of those who were to be His apostles. 
It seems when He prayed He didn't 
need sleep. Prayer re-vitalized Him! 
Does prayer do this for you? If not, 
why not? Is there something wrong 
with the way you pray? 

Who did Jesus call after praying 
about it all night? What a peculiar 
company it was with which to estab- 
lish the mightiest kingdom on earth. 
Thei-e were a few fishermen, a hated 
tax collector, and several other or- 
dinary men. Yet He chose them as 
the basis of an eternal, spiritual king- 
dom of God on earth. We will see 
that later Jesus will have to rebuke 
them for lack of faith, understanding 
and forgetfulness. Yet these men were 
to accomplish a seemingly impossible 



task (check Luke 1:37) as they al- 
lowed God to work through them. 

After He called them, Jesus took 
His disciples up on a mountain and 
gave them some special teaching. This 
is what we call the Sermon on the 
Mount. I'd like you to compare this 
with your classes at Sunday School 
camp. You are "on the mount" so 
to speak, away from worldly influ- 
ences, making it easier for you to 
absorb spiritual truths. Do you take 
advantage of this to learn all you 
can? 

The teachings of the Sermon on 
the Mount are fairly well known and 
encompass: The Beatitudes, The Gold- 
en Rule, The Parable of the House 
Built on a Rock, etc. Luke does not 
go into as much detail as Matthew. 
If at this time you will read Matt. 
5, 6, and 7 you will get a more de- 
tailed account of what Jesus taught 
His disciples. 

In Luke 6:1-5 a situation arises 
that gives Jesus the opportunity to 
give more meaning to the observance 
of the sabbath day. In Exodus 20:8 
God commanded: "Remember the 
sabbath day, to keep it holy." From 
this commandment through the pass- 



ing of time the Jews developed many 
"traditional laws", which men wrote 
as interpretations of God's com- 
mandment. One of these "traditional 
laws" forbade Jews to thrash or har- 
vest grain on the sabbath. Jesus and 
His disciples were passing through a 
grain field on the sabbath. The dis- i 
ciples picked some grain, rubbed it i 
between their hands to remove the I 
chaff and ate it. When the Pharisees 
question their act Jesus reminds them.' 
that they honor David who in I Sam. , 
21 :6 ate of holy bread in the taber- 1 
nacle reserved only for priests buti 
condemn His disciples whose act is I 
of far lesser significance. In this way' 
Jesus points out the inconsistency of| 
the Pharisee's thinking. 

Another incident regarding the sab- 
bath is recorded in vs. 6-11. Jesus 
was in the synagogue and there was| 
a man present whose right hand was! 
crippled and useless. Jesus asked the, 
Pharisees this question in vs. 9: "Isi 
it lawful on the sabbath days to dol 
good or to do evil? to save life, ori 
to destroy it?" Nobody answered Himj 
so He healed the man's hand. How' 
could they hate such a Savior unlesf 
they allowed Satan to dwell in theii: 
hearts? Which side do you thinl* 



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YOU would have been on, had you 
lived then ? Whose side are you on 
NOW in your own life ? 

Luke 9:1-6 tells us that Jesus was 
not only able to perform miracles but 
He could give His disciples the power 
to go forth and perform them too. 
Jesus is still able to do this. He wants 
you and I not only to enjoy His 
presence in our lives but to share 
His mission to others. Do you have 
the idea it was easier for Christ's 
disciples to go out and do Christ's 
bidding than it is for us today? It 
wasn't! They felt awkward, and in- 
adequate then just as you do now. 
Many girls will serve on Sisterhood 
committees, and work with the group, 
but fail in their person-to-person re- 
lationships to witness for Christ — in 
school, at community gatherings, and 
in those groups not directly connected 
with their Church. 

Christ was reaching a turning point 
in His ministry. He revealed Himself 
deeply to only a few and not to the 
multitudes. In 9:18-20 He asked His 
disciples two questions. Peter, answer- 
ing for all in vs. 20, is able to rec- 
ognize Jesus as the Messiah sent from 
God because of the deeds and words 
he had witnessed during the time he 
had been following Him. Immediately 
after Peter's confession Jesus tells 
His disciples He is going to die and 
begins to prepare them for that crisis. 
He tells them they must expect to 
make sacrifices if they want to be 
His disciple's. He teaches them that 
they should place value on spiritual 
things and not on material posses- 
sions. 

Taking only three of His very 
closest disciples with Him He went 
up on la mountain to pray. As He was 
praying His face and body became 
radiant with spiritual glory. The dis- 
ciples were given a glimpse of the 
heavenly side of His death. Moses 
and Elijah talk of the going out 
which He is to accomplish at Jerusa- 
lem. Moses represents the Jewish law. 
Elijah represents the prophets. Then 
they disappear and Jesus is left alone. 
It seems to be symbolic of the com- 
pletion of the law and the prophets 
as they are fulfilled in Jesus. God's 
voice spoke out of the clouds, "This 
is my beloved Son, hear ye Him." 
These disciples were to keep this high- 



est revelation of their Lord to them- 
selves. The memory of it was to be 
their assurance when the great test 
came. They thought the Messiah could 
not die. He was to reign forever as 
the divine head of the Jewish king- 
dom. To die was to destroy all their 
hope and the hopes of Israel. Jesus 
must now prepare them for a spir- 
itual kingdom and for the realiza- 
tion of His presence when He would 
no longer be with them in the flesh. 

The complete revelation came when 
He arose and sent the Holy Spirit 
upon them (Acts 2). Here God's Son 
was trying to reveal God to men, try- 
ing to teach men God's love and es- 
tablish a kingdom of righteousness 
and truth in the earth. His life and 
deajth and resurrection combine to 
make that complete revelation. 

The disciples wish to stay on the 
mountain. But Christ does not bring 
us simply a religion of joy and such 
experiences. It is a religion of moral 
testing and of loving service. Down 
in the valley someone is in great 
trouble. Jesus goes from the trans- 
figuration to the sei-vice of human 
need. Do you get up from prayer and 
put your words into action and lov- 
ing service? 

When Jesus came down from the 
mount He was met by many people. 
It seems there was a little boy who 
was afflicted with an evil spirit. This 
evil spirit made him fall to the ground 
and he hurt himself. Jesus' disciples 
had tidied to cast it out but were un- 
successful. Jesus cries out from the 
bottom of His heart, "You really are 
an unbelieving and difficult people." 
(Luke 9:41 — Phillips translation.) It 
appears that the disciples did not be- 
lieve strong enough or they would 
have been able to heal the lad. Does 
this give you a clue for your own 
prayer life? When you pray, do you 
firmly believe your prayer will be 
answered ? Have you found yourself 
doubting God's Word down in your 
heart? Sisterhood girls, now is the 
time to put your whole trust in God, 
holding nothing back. For Satan is 
very real, and he is watching us 
closely. If he can get you to enter- 
tain small doubts and fears, he will 
work hard to get you away from God. 

After all they had seen and heard 
even the apostles of Jesus Christ did 



not fully understand Him. For in 9:46 
we find them arguing among them- 
selves about rank and place. They 
were probably still thinking of Jesus 
setting up an earthly kingdom with 
Himself on the throne. As His dis- 
ciples they no doubt thought they de- 
served a place of honor in the set-up. 
Jesus took a little child and taught 
them an object lesson. He said that 
anyone who wanted to he great must 
first learn to be least, even as a 
little child. John spoke up and said 
that they had seen a man casting 
out devils in the name of Jesus and 
tliey ordered him to stop. Do you 
suppose they were jealous of their 
power? This man's faith must have 
been true or he couldn't have per- 
formed such deeds. We must never 
judge another's actions, but rather ex- 
amine our own and make sure they 
are what they ought to be. 

Jesus is moving directly toward the 
cross (9:51). The disciples shrink 
back. They go into a village where 
the people do not receive them well. 
Note the blundering suggestion of 
James and John to call down fire 
from heaven and destroy the people 
of that village (9:54). Jesus sets them 
sti-aight by a rebuke. How true a 
writer is Luke to gather these 
blunders and errors of the chosen 
apostles, as well as their virtues. Je- 
sus came not to destroy men, but to 
save and enrich their lives. 

Then comes the lesson on follow- 
ing Jesus (9:57-62). It is to be made 
the supreme purpose of life. It does 
not mean simply to follow Him 
through the towns of Galilee, but to 
share His life and love and service. 
When Jesus callsi you, how many ob- 
stacles appear which seem to make it 
necessary to put off or avoid mak- 
ing a decision ? Yet it is yours to de- 
cide for or against Him. "He that is 
not with me is against me" (Matt. 
12:30). It is as simple as that! And 
in making our decision for Him we 
discover the meaning of His life and 
friendship and purpose just as His dis- 
ciples did back there in Galilee. Let 
us read prayerfully the lessons He 
taught them and learn the truth for 
our own lives. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

"Notes on Luke's Gospel"; Louis 
C. Wright. 



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THE DEPTHS OF CALVARY" 

Mrs. Arthur H. Tinkel 



"Oh Calvary, dark Calvary! 

Where Jesus shed His blood for me; 
O Calvary! blest Calvary! 

'Twas there my Saviour died for 
me." 



YES, CALVARY is the center of 
all things. Here, two eternities 
met. As those patriarchs and prophets 
of old looked to Calvary, so we today 
look back to it. 

We are living today in a world of 
turmoil, when our hearts are crying 
out for that something to satisfy, to 
give a peace which is not brought 
about with conferences, world courts 
and such, good as these may be. Man 
is at his wit's end. Man's extremities 
are God's opportunities. 

Jesus' followers, after seeing their 
Leader led to Calvary, bearing His 
own cross, turned back to their old 
occupations, not understanding what 
it was all about, discouraged and 
afraid. 

What do we see as we look upon 
a cross today? Much the same as 
they saw that day; two pieces of 
wood nailed together to represent the 
letter 'T'. The cross was a symbol 
of slavery and vulgar wickedness but 
when Jesus, the Son of God, was 
nailed upon it, it became the symbol 
of heroism, self-sacrifice, and salva- 
tion for mankind. 

Calvary then is the center of love. 
Love caused God to come to earth 
in the form of the man, Jesus — John 
3:16. "For God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him 
should not pei-ish, but have everlast- 
ing life". Love then caused Jesus to 
give Himself up to the Roman sol- 
diers. Love caused Jesus to pray un- 
til great di'ops of blood came forth 
from His pores as He prayed in Geth- 
semane. Love caused Him to go a 
little farther into the garden. Love 
caused Him to say to the confessing 
thief, "This day thou shalt be with 
Me in Paradise". Love again caused 
Him to say to His tormentors, "Fa- 



ther, forgive them, for they know 
not what they do." 

His faith was unshaken by all this 
which He had passed through and 
was enduring. He called, "Father", ad- 
dressing the One who turned His face 
away from Him, so to speak. Then 
He petitioned Him (Father) to "for- 
give them" — why? — because "they 
know not what they do". A prayer 
for the pardon of His enemies at a 
time such as this! 

Oh, for that love to reign in our 
hearts today when the enemy of our 
souls (the devil) presses us on all 
sides. He (the devil) causes or works 
through man as his instrument to 
test, and to keep our very souls in 
an upheaval with the things about us. 
The things that cause us worry, that 
Iveep us so busy doing good things 
many times, but in so doing and be- 
ing, we are missing or leaving out 
of our lives the quiet time, the read- 
ing of His Word, the Bible and pray- 
ing. He wants His children to draw 
nigh to Him. 

Is it ea.sy for you to forgive when 
someone has mistreated you in some 
way? Do we really know what it is 
to forgive ? No, perhaps we don't, 
because we may have never been 
deeply wronged. Jesus said, "Father, 
forgive them". Then we need the love 
of Calvary. Was His prayer an- 
swered ? Not unless they repented, but 
we today are included in that prayer 
of love from Jesus on Calvary. He 
knew we needed time, we needed the 
preached Word to awaken our con- 
sciences. 

As Jesus hung on the cross between 
sinners that day, one thief turned to 
Him and the other turned away. To- 
day, Jesus has come down from the 
cross to be with the Father pleading 
and interceding with men all over the 
world to "Come unto Me and I will 
give you rest." But Satan in the 
hearts of individuals is hardening 
hearts and causing them to see only 
the glitter of the world. 

You, the Sisterhood Girls of today, 
will be the W. M. S. of tomorrow. You 



will be the homemakers, the mothers 
of tomorrow, so it is now that you I 
need to study, to memorize the Word | 
so as to have it hidden away where j 
moth nor rust can not destroy. One 
of our speakers at Conference told | 
us that unless we Americans awaken j 
from our slumbering very soon we 
would be taken over by the Com- 
munists, our Bibles burned, our ! 
churches taken for other uses or de- 
stroyed. There is a saying, "The hand , 
that rocks the cradle rules the world." , 
Let us put on the whole armor now i 
and i-ule with Christ. j 

Do we want to reign with Jesus ■ 
throughout eternity ? I can hear ev- 
eryone of you say, "Yes." Yes, but 
there is a road map for us to fol- 
low. Jesus said, "Take up your cross 
and follow Me." What is our cross 
today? There are so many, many 
things we could mention. The book, 
"In His Steps", written by Charles M. 
Sheldon, brings out the thought of 
asking ourselves the question before 
we act, "What would Jesus do?" 
Would I want to be in a questionable 
place or doing some questionable 
thing when Jesus comes again? 
Would I want to be on the dance 
floor when He comes ? Would I want 
to be jDartaking of the social drink 
when Jesus comes ? We all know the 
answer. No, a thousand times, No! 
We all want to reign with Him. 

On an elevator a few days ago, I 
overheard a young man say to a 
young lady, "It won't be long until 
we all will be shoveling coal. We have 
no choice any more only to die by 
the bombs of Russia." He surely had 
not been with Jesus or to Calvary. 
There is a Calvary in every one of 
our lives. We must be crucified with 
Christ in this present life, die to self 
desire, die to the glitter of the world, 
or choose to spend an endless eternity 
with the devil in hell. To be cruci- 
fied with Christ doesn't mean we 
can't have a good time, that we can't 
or won't have friends, or that we will 
have to sit around with a long face, 
that we will have to go to the mission 



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field, or to preach. It means we will 
have a joy the world can't explain. 
Today, we are building our scaffold- 
ing either for heaven or hell. Then, 
the object of our faith as Christians 
is the risen and glorified Christ. To 
us Jesus is not simply one who lived 



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nearly two thousand years ago. He is 
one who lives today as the Lord and 
life of all humanity. One to whom 
we can pray, one upon whom we can 
build our confidence, and from whom 
we can obtain strength and encour- 
agement in the battles of life. 



As St. Paul, may we be able to say 
whether facing life or death, "I know 
whom I have believed, and am per- 
suaded that he is able to keep that 
which I have committed unto him 
against that day" (2 Tim. 1:12b). 
Flora, Indiana 



Junior Devotional Program 



Topic: "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" 



I John 4 :16 — And we have known 
and believed the love that God hath 
to us. God is love; and he that dwell- 



eth in love dwelleth in God, and God 
in him. 



Bible Study 
Benediction 



"TELL ME THE STORY OF JESUS" 

Mrs. J. E. Berkshire 



THE WORDS to this beautiful 
hymn were written by Fanny 
Crosby in the eighteen hundreds, and 
the tune by John Sweney. Sweney's 
usual method was to play a tune for 
Miss Crosby as he asked for a suit- 
able verse. Together they turned out 
scores of songs. This system was used 
by other composers with success. Miss 
Crosby's sight was destroyed when 
only six weeks old, yet she composed 
more than 8000 hymns and songs. 

Worship and music were blended 
from the earliest of times. They were 
blended in magnificence at the dedi- 
cation of Solomon's temple. All the 
Levitical singers arrayed in fine linen 
with instruments stood east of the 
altar with a hundred and twenty 
priests who were trumpeters: it was 
their duty to be heard in unison in 
praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. 

Singers, instrumentalists, choir di- 
rectors, ministers, and people all share 
in the worship of God. Music and 
poetry joined in perfect union urg- 
ing the mind and heart in one direc- 
tion can be a vital and moving aid to 
worship. 



In the first line of this hymn, "Tell 
me the story of Jesus, write on my 
heart every word," we are asking 
the Lord to write on our hearts His 
every word, yet we don't take time to 
read the Bible daily so that we can 
"write" His word in our hearts. Do 
we mean these words when we sing 
them ? 

The minister or choir director works 
to co-ox'dinate his hymns with the 
entire worship period. This is an ef- 
fort to unite the minds of the con- 
gregation into one unit of thinking 
for that particular worship time. 

We sing: "Tell me the story most 
precious. Sweetest that ever was 
heard." If we actually meant what we 
sing — that this is the most precious 
story that was ever heard, we would 
put it first above all Other reading, 
above all else that we tell to others. 

The angels in chorus sang as they 
welcomed His birth: "Glory to God 
in the highest! Peace and good tid- 
ings to earth." This little town of 
Bethlehem, sleeping under the stars 
this memorable evening, unaware that 
the Christ-child was born. The choir 



and congregation of today cannot sing 
as the angels sang that day, but they 
continue this praise to Him. 

When selecting an anthem today, it 
is not only necessai-y to select it to 
unify with the message of that wor- 
ship time, but to study its message, 
its beauty of expression and of its 
meaningfulness to the listenei'. Many 
choir directors select difficult anthems, 
but there are none more meaningful 
nor beautiful than the old, old un- 
complicated hymns, and among these, 
"Tell Me the Story of Jesus." The 
congregation is not the audience just 
come to sit and listen; each person 
has a part to play in the act of di- 
vine woi'ship. This role should be 
played to the full with heart, mind, 
and soul. Our responsibility as the 
congregation is hymn singing. A 
Christian congregation must and 
wishes to sing because of what God 
has done for them in Christ. It is 
their joyful duty. One often suspects 
that poor singing in many churches is 
due to the fact that the fiesh is un- 
willing because the spirit is weak. 
There can be no doubt as to our re- 



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sponsibility to praise God. In the 
early Christian church, Paul encour- 
aged singing as a means of praising 
God and of teaching and admonishing 
one another. 

There is a story in itself in the 
second stanza of this hymn: "Tell of 
the years of His labor, Tell of the 
sorrow He bore." He labored and bore 
more sorrow in the few short years 
of His ministry than we suffer in a 
lifetime. He labored to clear the 
temple of those who attempted to use 
it as a den of thieves. He suffered 
ridicule, persecution, ostracism, and 
beating. His friends "knew Him not" 
when He needed them most. His own 
received Him not. He bore the sins 
of all upon the cross. 

In this hymn we sing: "Fasting 
alone in the desert, Tell of the days 
that are past. How for our sins He 
was tempted. Yet was triumphant at 
last." After Jesus was baptised at the 
Jordan, He was led by the Spirit into 
the wilderness being forty days 
tempted of the devil. In those days 
He ate nothing and when they were 
ended, He afterward hungered. The 
devil wasn't successful in persuading 
Jesus to yield and he departed from 
Him for a season. Truly this was a 
successful period of fasting. Jesus 



was the One of perfect will and spir- 
it. Would we learn how He fasted 
as these words state in order that per- 
haps we too might follow His ex- 
ample ? Are these merely empty 
words and phrases used for rhythm or 
merely pretty music to sing? Noth- 
ing on Jesus' part was meant to give 
any such feelings or thoughts. Cer- 
tainly the days of our Lord were far 
from pleasant, as this portion of this 
hymn suggests. Temptation was His 
lot, yet He was triumphant. Under 
like conditions today, evil forces tri- 
umph. Where do you fit in ? . . . in the 
category of Jesus, or in the world 
of today ? Can you face and defeat 
temptation ? When people are hungry 
or think themselves needful today, 
they yield to temptation in order to 
satisfy their hunger or need. Not so 
with our Christ! He was triumphant 
over the tempter. 

The writer of the hymn here re- 
calls the interest of learning anew 
how Christ labored, suffered, was de- 
spised and afflicted. Isaiah 53 told 
men ages ago that this would be 
Christ's future. When we sing these 
phrases, they should not be just 
merely singing, but should recall to 
us His plight and make us appreciate 
sincerely His afflictions which were 



for us — not only for you and for me, 
but for the sins of each individual 
ever in this world. 

If we should really have a revela»j 
tion — a clear view — ^of the Cross, the* 
anguish and pain, how would we re- 
act ? Would we not be more true to 
Him ? Would we not be more inter- 
ested in yielding our all to Him ? We 
ask when we sing; then why not ac- 
cept what we are told in the Word 
of these facts. May they not be only 
words we sing, but let us mean them 
and live them. 

Do we remember that He was laid 
in the grave? More important: He 
arose and liveth again. Someone may 
ask, "How do you know He lives ? He 
lives within my heart." This the writer 
would have us told again. This great- 
est love story she would have us sink 
deeply into our hearts that we may 
in turn love Him. When we get a 
clearer pictui'e of His love, we can 
not help loving Him. This love Christ 
would have us to learn and to live. 
This was the inspiration that the 
hymn writer would have us to gather 
and feel within ourselves when she 
entitled her song, and then uses these 
words so often in the song, "Tell Me 
the Story of Jesus." 

Tyner, Indiana. 



Sisterhood: The Veep Speaks 

Carolyn Immel 



A FEW WEEKS AGO, our Ger- 
man professor required us to 
read from the works of the more im- 
portant German writers; we were 
given our choice of authors. Fortu- 
nately, though I did not think so at 
first, I chose to read from the works 
of a man named Wolfgang Borchert. 
Borchert led a short and hard life. 
He was drafted at the age of 18, 
despite his pacifist beliefs, and sent 
to the Russian Front of WW II. There 
he was wounded in the leg, passed 
about from one hospital to another, 
thrown in prison several times, and 
even threatened with execution. Fi- 
nally he was discharged and sent 
home to Germany — on foot. But home 



was, by that time, little more than 
rubble; furthermore, the wound never 
completely healed, and he was to limp 
until his death at the age of 26. 

When I first read Borchert's works, 
I became very sad and depressed, for 
he wrote about the war and the pain 
and bitterness that accompany it. It 
seemed he was saying, "I hate the 
world, and everything in it". Then I 
read the same stories again — and still 
another time. Finally I began to see 
that he was not only describing bit- 
terness and pain, but he was also 
pointing out little things of love that 
make life happy no matter how bad it 
may seem otherwise. He was actually 



trying to say, "Even though my life 
has been a hard one, I am still hap- 
py, because I can love. There is al- 
ways someone to whom I can give 
my love, whether it is returned or 
not." 

In a nutshell, a full life is one of <\ 
love — love for God and our fellow i 
man; love comes from God, for God i 
is love. If you want your life to be ij 
full and joyous, no matter what the i| 
situation, make your life's purpose a | 
sincere effort to love. At all times, i 
keep Christ's commandment "that ye ; 
love one another as I have loved you,",! 
and you will find that all situations i 
will work to bring joy in your life | 
and to bring you ever closer to God. j 



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S. M. M. 



Ne^ws 



S. M. M. PROJECTS ALWAYS 
HELP MISSIONS! Last year our 
project money helped to build a Bi- 
ble School for the women in Nigeria. 
Our missionary, Bob Bischof, thanked 
us personally at National Conference 
for our donation to this building. 
Those of us who were present were 
especially thrilled at his enthusiasm 
for our effort. 

Our current project is even more 
far-sighted than any we have chosen 
in the past. Since we shift our em- 
phasis each year between Home Mis- 
sions and World Missions, this is the 
year for HOME MISSION EMPHA- 
SIS. We can work this year to help 
with Brethren churches in our home- 
land. 

Since the Brethren Church has en- 
trusted her missionary program to 
the National Missionary Board and 
since this Board deals constantly with 
the problems and expenses of mis- 
sions, home and world, we have de- 
cided this year for our project to give 
our project money directly to the 
Board for use where they know it is 
necessary. Our only stipulation is that 
it be used for home missions. The 
Board is always up to date on the 



needs of the home mission churches 
and they can objectively analyze 
where the need is greatest. That is 
their job. They are our stewards. 

The Evangelist keeps us informed 
about our home mission churches so 
that we can know where our money 
will go if we try to educate ourselves. 
Why not include some news about a 
different mission church at each Sis- 
terhood meeting so that our girls will 
know about these places. 

The Missionary Board appreciates 
our confidence in selecting a project 
such as we have this year and they 
appreciate what we have done in the 
past. Here is a letter received from 
them acknowledging our gifts in proj- 
ects: 

November 9, 1961 
Dear S. M. M. Members: 

I want to acknowledge for the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church 
the gift of $1188.32 which was re- 
ceived recently from your National 
S. M. M. treasurer and which is your 
1960-61 project offering. 

This offering, as we understand it, 
is for the Bible School in Nigeria. 
The money is being forwarded to Ni- 



geria with an explanation of its desig- 
nation. 

The Board is vez-y appreciative of 
the support which the S. M. M. has 
been giving to the cause of Brethren 
Missions, and for this gift and others 
in the past the Board says a "hearty 
thank you". 

The Board is especially glad for 
your willingness to take projects that 
are related closely to the approved 
program. This makes it possible to 
carry out more quickly the plans 
which the Board makes both in the 
home and world areas of work. 

You have chosen for your 1961-62 
project the support of Home Missions 
without any specific designation. This 
is very good, and we are sure that 
your contribution will ,be of great help 
to the phase of home missions that is 
in greatest need of the help when the 
money is turned in to the Board. 

Again for the Missionary Board 
may I say that we are grateful for 
your project offerings and for your 
cooperation. 

May the Lord bless you in your ef- 
forts. 

Sincerely yours, 

W. Clayton Berkshire. 



Pointers from the Patronesses 



Mrs. Jean Lersch 



THE TIME HAS COME for a chal- 
lenge to Sisterhood organiza- 
tions and individuals. Here we are 
just about midway between national 
conferences — ^last year's and this 
year's. Just before we went to this 
annual gathering we tended to spruce 
up our societies and catch up on our 
goals. Then after returning we re- 
solved to put forth real effort in the 
coming year's activities. But some- 
how along in the middle between the 
before and after we tend to lag just 
a little. 

LET'S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK 
at our goals, determining which of 
these require MY individual atten- 
tion. Those that I can do myself I 
should work on constantly. Taking a 
close look at the goals we find that 
each person can help in some way 
with every goal. 



Goal 1 — I can attend the twelve 
devotional meetings planned. 

Goal 2 — I can listen attentively to 
the mission study reports. 

Goal 3 — I can read the Bible every 
day and work consistently on my 
memorization. 

Goal 4 — I can ask someone to a 
Sisterhood meeting who does not be- 
long. 

Goal 5 — ^I can try 'to attend district 
and national conference as a delegate. 

Goal 6 — I can help my society roll 
bandages and remember a shut-in 
each month. 

Goal 7 — I can help save money for 
world missions. 

Goal 8 — I can keep informed about 
Sisterhood and our church through 
The Evangelist. 

Goal 9 — I can pay my dues. 

Goal 10 — I can save money for 
Thank offering. 



Goal 11 — I can listen and apply to 
my own life that instruction we re- 
ceive about stewardship. 

Goal 12 — I can read and pass on 
Tlie Evangelist to those who may not 
receive it. 

I can pray for my society, my na- 
tional and local officers, and take my 
enthusiasm and positive spirit to all 
meetings. 

AT THIS TIME when we are in 
the midst of our church year, let us 
renew our dedication to our Lord by 
doing our job in Sisterhood. Let us 
use our organization as a channel 
through which we can serve Him bet- 
ter. Let us grow up into the stature 
of Jesus Christ through the helps we 
find in the goals, the fellowship, and 
the instruction we receive in Sister- 
hood. 

Jean Lersch 
Ashland, Ohio 



Page Twenty 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 



James E. Norrls 

Program for 
March 1962 



Topic: "MEDITATION AS A MEANS 

OF TOTAL COMMITMENT" 

Hymns: Near To The Heart Of God. 

Take Time To Be Holy. 
Devotional Reading: 1 Timothy 4 

Leader's Talk: The Psalmist sang, "Let the words of my 
mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in 
thy sight, Lord, my strength and my redeemer." Psalm 
19:14. 

"There is a great need today for individuals to reach 
a condition of quietude of mind and soul, to receive the 
mystic revelations from the mind of God." These v*'ords 
are from "Our Faith", chapter 6. They are truly said. 
Too many people do not know what it means to MEDI- 
TATE, and it will be well for us to consider the definition 
for our own good, namely, continued tliought, reflection 
especially on sacred or solemn subjects. With this in mind 
we will begin our lesson tonight. 

1. "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own 
heart upon your bed, and be still." Psalm 4:4. 
Never were wiser words spoken. Every Christian should 

ponder these words and take time to practice them. The 
way we modems go through life today we are so ex- 
hausted when we hit the bed that we either fall asleep 
immediately or else we are too unstrung to rest. "Spir- 
itual meditation is not easy. How can I get away to my 
closet? How can I shut the world out and myself in, and 
be alone with God? No, spiritual meditation is not easy; 
nor is any means of spiritual growth. No two people are 
exactly alike. The means whereby I may be able to reach 
up to God and find comfort, peace and spiritual en- 
largement, may be of little benefit to others, etc." 

2. What part has the word of God in meditation? 
The word of God provides nuggets of truth for medi- 
tation. John 14:3; 15:20; 17:17; 1 Tim. 4:6; Heb. 2:1-4; 
4:12; Jas. 1:5-8. 

Discuss these various scriptures and discover the nug- 
gets of "Gold" liidden therein. "The Bible is the word of 
God and should be given preference in the reading of 
the believer. If read consistently and prayerfully, one's 
mind will fall into habits of Holy Meditation." 

3. What part has prayer in meditation? 

Prayer IS largely meditation. John 4:23-24; Psalm 
119:12-16, 48, 76-78. "As a man thinketh in his heart so 



is he" is as true as when the proverb first came into 
use. A praying man will meditate on his communion withi 
God. A praying person is constantly making new com-i 
mitments to the object of his prayers. Perhaps there arei 
some laymen in your group who are just a little timid 
and have not learned to practice prayer in public. The 
writer would like to inject this thought into our lesson 
study tonight. It was iny privilege to grow up in a church 
where as children we were taught to pray in the various 
meetings such as our youth meetings and we grew up 
in it. The Brotherhood and youth meetings are a good 
place for this. It is a benefit to all of us and strengthens 
our Christian life, it fortifies us against the wiles of the 
devil and also lets the world know we are on the Lord's 
side. Try it. However, public prayer will not take the 
place of private prayer in the secret chamber alone with 
God. 

4. Does communion of saints assist meditation and com- 
mitment? 

Association with devoted souls in the faith inspires to 
holy thoughts and a closer walk with Christ. Read Ro- 
mans 14:7, 19; Col. 3:16. 

Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and 
hymns is an important paz-t of our Christian life. The 
early church at Jerusalem practiced togetherness. Acts 
2:42; Heb. 10:24-25. There never was a time when closer 
fellowship among Christians was more needed than now. 
The early church needed it and practiced it but today the 
practice has almost died out. The practice of closer Chris- 
tian living, where we know each other's problems, where 
we pray for our neighbor and where we meditate to- 
gether must be revived. 

We will continue this study next month with "AS- 
SEMBLY IN WORSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO COMMIT- 
MENT". 

Closing Hymn: Draw Me Nearer. : 

Closing Prayer. 



NORTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT 
LAYMEN'S MEETING 

2.5th Anniversary of the Organization 
Meeting at Goshen, Indiana 

on Monday, March 5th. 

Supper: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Reservations by Feb. 26, to: 

Max Bickel, 

634 N. Main St., 

Goshen, Indiana. 

George Kerlin. 
Sec'v.-Treas. 



1 



'ebruary 17, 1962 



Page Twenty-one 



AMERICANS DO KNOW 

JOHN GOLBY 



A RECENT EDITORIAL by our editor of the Evan- 
^L gelist has stirred me considerable, even as more 
han a few of his well-chosen words have done before. 
Tiis particular editorial was titled "If Americans really 
new." The title of my article is, "Americans do know 
-but they do not choose to do much about it." 

At many social affairs, banquets, etc., group singing 
ivariably includes "God Bless America." Just what do 
,-e mean by singing "God Bless America" in light of 
le apathy, the materialism, the downright selfishness 
f so many Americans in this our day ? We need to re- 
aver lost values, we need a greater appreciation of the 
lith of our fathers. 

For instance, in our National pasttime of baseball, vic- 
)ries are celebrated by pouring champagne (into.xicating 
quor) over the heads and bodies of the victors. National 
eroes are interviewed by the pi-ess, holding a bottle of 
eer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Little won- 
er that the younger generation is rapidly losing their 
pnse of values. 



Psalm 33:12 tellg us that "Blessed is the nation whose 
God is the Lord." Our nation was founded upon this pre- 
cept, but presently it would seem that instead of singing 
"God Bless America", we should be praying, "God save 
America." Current events bear this out. Now, what can 
we as individuals and as groups do about this? You 
will recall that Jesus spent three years of His earthly 
life choosing and preparing the Twelve Disciples to carry 
on His mission. Incidentally, His mission is still missions, 
proof of this being that Jesus Christ is the same yester- 
day, today and forever. 

His Great Commission has been passed on to you and 
me. Being set down in this great mission field of America, 
where approximately 80 million persons or more have no 
church affiliations, we should be concerned no less than 
Paul in Romans 10:1 — Brethren my hearts desire and 
prayer to God for my countrymen (Israel) is that they 
might be saved. 

Johnstown, Pa. 



The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

LNTRODUCING 

or 

re-introducing 

THE PARSON'S CORNER 

to be supplied for some time to come by 

REV. ALBERT T. RONK 

4211 Rownd St. 

Cedar Falls, Iowa 

Rev. Ronk is a retired pastor of Brethren Churches 

tid in his seventy-sixth year is busy in the service of 

is Lord with writing and publishing Gospel Ministry, 

a eight-page monthly pamphlet, slanted for the preachers 

I our Brethren pulpits, along with his chairmanship 

f the Brethren Book and Pamphlet Commission. 

We appreciate very much Rev. Ronk's willingness to 

erform this task in the interest of the laity of the Breth- 

sn Church. F. S. B. 

A PARSON SPEAKS 

DR DOES HE? The Laymen's Consulting Editor has 
requested this writer to supply a series of articles 
)r use in the reactivated "Parson's Corner." But how 
in I speak as a parson when I have no "Parsonage" ? 

have only the age. You know the term "parsonage" 
> of old English origin and was a certain portion of 
mds, titles, and offerings, for the maintenance of the 
arson of a parish. Therefore, I can't speak as a par- 
on. Here at Waterloo, as soon as I retired two years 
go, the Laymen buttonholed me and said, "You are a 
lyman now and must be a member of the group." So 

did, and I am. 



The things I shall say in these notes will be said gen- 
erally as We. Not only the editorial We but laymen's We. 

We shall be frank and candid. We publish a little eight 
page monthly titled GOSPEL MINISTRY which we send 
to all ministers of the Brethren Church. We shall try 
to be as straightforward with the laymen as we are 
with the ministers in Gospel Ministry. The shoe pinches 
sometimes but we shall cobble it in love and friendship. 
When we tread heavily and someone takes exception 
at Conference, or by mail, we are prone to cut and shoot. 
That is, cut around the corner and shoot for cover. We 
have no apology for what is true and right. We pre- 
apologize for ei'rors of ignorance or misinformation. We 
may say some things that others feel but are too modest 
or "skeered" to say. We may stick our neck out a mile 
at times but can play turtle too. 

You know how Bobby Bums, the poet, longed for "the 
power and gift to ge us, to see ourselves as others see 
us". Well, we would that itoo. Let us try that on us 
laymen. We shall look at ud with a sort of dual citizen- 
ship. Though lay now, we yet remember the view from 
the other side of the pulpit rail. I remember what the late 
Dean Hole of North Mianchester College said at the 
orientation assembly as a new semester began. He looked 
at the row of professors on the platform a moment, then 
turned and looked solemnly for a time at the Chapel full 
of students and made this observation, "Maybe you stu- 
dents think we are a funny looking bunch of teachers 
up here, but you ought to be here and looking down on 
what I see." Maybe you think the preachers who serve 
you in your pulpits look and act funny but you ought 
to stand behind the sacred desk for a while and see what 
they see. Yes and how you act under varing circumstances. 

The greatest need, however, is to see ourselves if pos- 
sible, as the Loi'd sees us. This will be the burden of these 
pen visitations in the Laymen's column. 

So, greetings to you real laymen from an adopted lay- 
man, and in the name of our Lord Jesus. 



Page Twenty-two 



The Brethren Kvangelisi 



^ Youth 

fijTusaders 

U-M-M-M! U-M-M-M! 



The Pennsylvania District Youth Rally was held at 
Vinco on November 18, 1961 with over 80 young people 
and advisors present. Wayne Heights took the banner 
home. 

Perhaps the most unusual portion of the program was 
the menu. We thought we would share it with all of you 
— perhaps you will get ideas for menus for your rallies. 
Hold your hats — here we go! 
Appetizers : 

Turnip Juice $ .45 

Torpedo Juice .65 

Au Jus .15 

Sea Foods: (If it swims we haven't caught it) 
Octupus with Apple in Mouth .... 350.00 

Whale stuffed with new Buick 3500.00 

with '37 Ford 9.97 

Shrimp a la gimp (crippled) 11.75 

Mother-in-law of Pearl .33 

Steaks - Chops - Foul (How foul can they get) 

Leopard steak Order 2 years in advance 

San Quentin Quail Sorry 

Hippo Jowls with Black-eyed peas . . .35 

Sirloin Snake 1.00 per foot 

Hog on Ice 27.00 

Saddle of Mule 23.99 

Vegetables in and out of Season: 

Fresh Cliches 1.00 

Dangling Participles 1.00 

Mixed Metaphores 1.00 

Split and stuffed Infinitives 1.00 

French Fried Colons 1.00 

French Fried Semi-Colons 1.00 

Desserts: 

Mousse Moose 2.50 

Moose Mousse 2.55 

Ice Cream with Mustard 1.68 

On the Level: 

Creamed Chicken with biscuits, 
Mashed potatoes, vegetable, cup 

cake .75 

PLEASE, NO TIPPING! 
WE DON'T PAY THE HELP — WHY SHOULD YOU? 
We would like to congratulate Vinco on preparing such 
a lovely menu. 




How on earth could two girls have so much junk (oops 
—luggage)? What will I ever do with all of this? Aftel 
all, I only have a station wagon! One would think theji 
had been here at Krypton for months or even years in- 
stead of weeks to see all these boxes, bags, suitcases 
and sacks. There must be some way to get them all or 
there ! 



TRIALS IN THE LIFE 
OF A YOUTH DIRECTOR 



I might as well plunge in and hope for the best. ThisI 
way is as good as any, I guess. Good night, these bags 
must have a complete rock collection of all known stratj 
in this area, judging by their weight. ' 

Hope the ole back holds out. Now I must remember hoW| 
much w^e are saving in transportation costs by not tak 
ing a bus, train or plane. So go the thoughts of ow' 
harassed but dedicated Yruith Director! 




February 17, 1962 



Page Twenty-three 



LEPRECHAUN PARTY 



'OSTEKS — use white posterboard, make a green lep- 
rechaun and letter in green using an outline in black 
or use green posterboard and make white leprechaun, 
letter in white using outline in black. 

Announce that party goers should wear something 
green. 

)ECORATIONS — Room — green shamrocks and gold coins 
hung from ceiling (make cardboard circles and cover 
with gold foil for coins), iron pot or blackened substi- 
tute with gold coins in it, leprechaun sitting on top 
or standing beside pot, have a rainbow up over the 
pot, suspended above or on wall behind pot. 
Table — make standup figures of leprechaun, shamrocks 
and gold coins. 




F. For girl — do the Highland Fling 

(Note: for the two above you can be sure a fel- 
low or girl gets the number with these things to do) 

G. Read Irish or Scotch poem — with dialect 
H. Make sounds like bagpipes 

I. Pantomime leprechaun making shoes 

Juniors : 

1. Have group No. 1 find the hidden shamrocks, group 
No. 2 the hidden gold coins and group No. 3 the hidden 
leprechauns 

2. Musical chairs with Irish or Scottish numbers 
played on piano, records, or other instrument 

3. Make Irish favors of shamrocks and/or little hats 
with appropriate greeting such as "Luch 0' the Irish" to 
be placed on hospital trays (ask for permission from the 
Superintendent of Nurses or Head Dietician in local hos- 
pital) 

REFRESHMENTS— sugar cookies cut in shape of sham- 
rocks and frosted green or cupcakes with shamrocks 
outlined in green on top or cake in shape of sham- 
rock, gold coin chocolates (round chocolates wrapped 
in gold foil can be purchased) and punch of ginger ale 
and green sherbet. 

Cups and napkins might be purchased already deco- 
rated with leprechauns or shamrocks or make your 
own green leprechauns and/or shamrocks and put on 
white paper cups and napkins. 



Whom God calls He can instruct and equip. 

Whom Christ commands He can make efficient. 
Whom Christ sends He can make fearless. 

Whom Christ energizes He can keep from fainting. 
Whom Christ directs He can make victorious. 



ACTIVITIES — each person receives a shamrock when 
they enter the room. Sr. & Y. Teens have many differ- 
ent numbers; Jrs. have only numbers 1, 2 and 3 to 
divide the members into three groups. 

It. & Y. Teens: 

1. Musical chairs with Irish or Scottish numbers played 
n piano, records, or other instrument. 

2. Identify Irish or Scottish "Top Ten," using such 
ongs as "Galway Bay," "Londonderry Air," "Kerry 
)ancers," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." 

3. Have persons find their corresponding numbers of 
hamrock on a coin in the pot of gold — enclose instruc- 
ions for each one to do or have a list ready to tell them: 

Aj Find hidden shamrock 

B. Find hidden gold coin 

C. Find hidden leprechaun 

D. Sing an Irish song (specify which one — ^have words 
handy; this may be used for several different per- 
sons) 

E. For fellow — see how fast they can put on kilt (girl's 
short, plaid skirt), tam, band across chest 



How shall we teach 
A child to reach 
Beyond himself and touch 
The stars, 

We who have stooped so 
much? 

How shall we say 
To him, "The way 
Of life is through the gate 
Of love," 

We who have learned to 
hate? 

How shall we dare 

To teach him prayer 

And turn him toward the 

way 
Of faith, 
We who no longer pray? 

— Mildred R. Howland 




Page Twenty-four The Brethren Evangeli; 



WITNESS IN THE SKY 

by 
Thoburn C. Lyon 



This book consists of devotional talks with a Scriptural basis, for 
different age groups, using the starry heavens as its theme. The Author, 
a cartographic engineer, worked on this manuscript over a 25-year period. 
The astronomical data has been thoroughly checked. 



Price : paper back — 39?* plus 9t postage. 

cloth bound — $2.50 plus 9<* postage. 



Mr. Lyon, an ordained Elder in the Brethren Church, is a member 
of the Brethren Church in Washington, D. C. He has worked as a spe- 
cialist in air charts and navigation since 1927. He is Author of five edi- 
tions of CAB — ■ Practical Air Navigation — and the new commercial edi- 
tion. More than 1,000,000 copies used. 



This book will find a ready use as a guide for devotional talks for 
young people, out under the night sky where some of the celestial objects 
referred to could be pointed out. To other groups — sometimes of young 
people, sometimes of older folks — in more formal church services. The 
book is illustrated. 



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Missionary Board 4 

Daily Devotions — March 8-14 6 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 

Hear-j- Attacks Call Two: 

H. D. "BUD" HUNTER passed to his eternal 
home the evening of February 10th following a 
heart attack suffered some time previously. Services 
were held for Bud on February 14th' in the North 
Manchester, Indiana, church of which he was an 
active member, by Brethren J. Milton Bowman and 
C. A. Stewart. Complete report on his passing will 
be made later — just a few comments at tlie mo- 
ment. 

Few laymen in the church have achieved the 
heights of Christian service and brotherliness as 
did Bud. Those who knew Bud know how his life 
spoke for itself. His was a busy life in the church. 
He was a song leader at General Conference for 
some years and served in this capacity in numerous 
revival meetings. He served for some years as presi- 
dent of the National Laymen's Organization. At 
his passing, he was a trustee of the NLO. He was 
also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Publication 
Board, and was Superintendent of Buildings and 
Grounds at the Brethi'en Retreat at Shipshewana, 
Indiana. 

Our sympathy, prayers and assurance go out to 
his wife, Helen, and other loved ones who remain. 



MRS. HATTIE ROWSEY, beloved and devoted 
wife of Elder H. H. Rowsey, pastor of our Waterloo, 
Iowa, church, passed to her eternal reward the morn- 
ing of February 14th. Death was due to a heart 
attack suffered some days earlier. 

Brother and Sister Rowsey are the parents of 
Missionary John Rowsey who returned on furlough 
from the Argentine field in December; Brother Jim 
Rowsey, pastor of the Garber church in Ashland; 
Jean Hamel, wife of Brother J. D. Hamel, pastor 
of our Sarasota, Florida, church; and Mrs. Betty 
Isenhart of Mansfield, Ohio. 

Arrangements for services were incomplete at our 
press time, but a full report will be made shortly. 
Our deepest sympathies, prayer and assurance go 
to all the loved ones in the home-going of this wife 
and mother. 



WHISPERING WHILE OTHERS PRAY 

We saw her in our church to-day. 
Her eyes were closed as she tried to pray. 
While others whispered, failing to see. 
Her needs were great, as ever could be; 
And the Spirit's Presence, could not get through 
All the chattering Christians, in each pew. 
They were planning their work as well as their play. 
Instead of worshiping God this day. 
If she doesn't return, it may be because you 
Were the one who was whispering in the pew. 
— ^Grace Dawson Jackson. 



PICTURE CREDITS: Pages 10, 11, 12, 14, 24— 
Gerald's Studio, Ashland. 



February 24, 1962 



Page Three 




made 
Pot 
§od 



AUGUSTINE, many centuries 
ago prayed, "Tliou hast 
made us for Thyself, and the 
heart of man is restless until 
it finds its rest in Thee." 

The soul of man is a search- 
ing being — always on the move 
for something greater, moi'e 
satisfying, more thrilling. There 
is ever the eternal search for 
peace and security. Dictators 
have conquered nations by prom- 
ising that for which the soul 
of man longs. 

If we were to visit a fish 
hatchery and watch the young 
fish under controlled conditions 
of feeding, we would note them 
clustering in the waterways, 
pointed into the flowing waters. 
By the small motions of their 
bodies they are able to remain 
almost stationary in the swift 
stream. It seems as if their 
whole being works together to 
satisfy their longing for the 
life-giving, oxygen-filled waters. 

So it is with the soul of man. 
The earnest endeavor of our ev- 
ery action is designed to achieve 
the satisfaction of our soul. With 
high, noble and worthwhile pur- 
poses in life, this is good. If our 
aims are evil, then only evil can 
result. 

One thing we must remember, 
and that is that the soul will 
be filled. It is that part of us 
which, when filled for the mo- 
ment, reaches out for new 



heights, new goals. It is always 
on the move for that which will 
bring it peace, yet in finding its 
goal, enlarges itself in its con- 
tinual search until, for the 
Christian, it finds its great and 
lasting fulfillment in the pres- 
ence of its Maker at the Throne 
of God. 

Soul hunger wants to be satis- 
fied only on food which comes 
from its Maker, even God. Yet, 
we must not forget, it can feed 
only on what we give to it. The 
depraved, doomed soul is that 
way because it has been feed- 
ing on those things not related 
to life eternal. That is why pro- 
grams of reform, education, 
health, government, etc., can- 
not eff^ect lasting good, because 
they do nothing about rejuvenat- 
ing the soul. Such man-made 
programs, alone, do not connect 
the soul with its life-giving Ma- 
ker. The common form of Chris- 
tian religion fails in this respect, 
too. 

Bring a soul into tune and 
contact with its Maker, through 
Jesus Christ, and you have made 
a union which will lift that soul 
out of the depths of sin and de- 
spair. Such a soul can now feed 
on the Bread and the living 
Water. Life has meaning and 
purpose. It is then that we be- 
gin to realize as did Augustine 
that God has made us for Him- 
self, and that the only true and 
lasting peace is when we begin 



to devote all of life, substance 
and service to Him. 

A soul thus at peace with God 
will find a struggle in this life 
day by day, for so much of his 
daily experience is in an atmos- 
phere which is not in harmony 
with the great program of God. 
Even his own soul, through the 
powers of the will and the flesh, 
seeks to defect at times, and it 
is only through a diligent re- 
solve to walk in the way of the 
Lord, that victory can be 
achieved. 

There is real purpose in life 
for the soul that is hungering 
and thirsting after righteous- 
ness. New lieights can be gained 
each passing day. New avenues 
of service can be traveled. From 
the plateaus of today we can 
look back on the valleys of yes- 
terday and on to the heights 
to be achieved tomorrow. If the 
desires of our heart are pleas- 
ing to Him and if we delight 
ourselves in the Lord, then God 
can reward us with blessings we 
never considered possible before. 

Yes, God did make us for 
Himself, so that we might praise 
and honor Him, and at the same 
time, enjoy the rich fruits of 
Christian living, and the assur- 
ance of the greater joys to come. 
Does the realism of your life 
testify to the fact that you are 
feeding your soul on the food 
and water which comes from the 
Throne of God? W. S. B. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




SEASON GREETINGS FROM THE BISCHOFS 



Dear Christian Friends: 

This is the late afternoon on Christ- 
mas Day. The day we observe as the 
birthday of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ. It has been a lovely 
day here. The sun is shining and a 
nice cool breeze is blowing to keep 
you from getting too hot. 

The Church service was held or 
rather set for 10 A. M. The program 
was to be the story of the birth of 
Christ in the form of a play. Then 
a short sermon by me was to follow 
regarding the meaning of Christmas. 

We went to the church at 10. Not 
many ipeople had come yet. Those 
in the play were just finishing the 
final rehearsal. Shortly after we had 
set down we heard people singing 
and coming from one direction. Soon 
we could see a group of about 60 
coming down a path. They were com- 
ing from a village 3 miles southeast 
of Mbororo. They were singing about 
the birth of Jesus as they came. 
Then off to the northeast we heard 
a drum beating and then as the drum 
beat got closer we heard the singing 
of other people. This time they were 
from Humshi. About 10 minutes af- 
ter this group arrived, in the distance 
a beat of another drum could be 
heard. In a short time the voices of 
people could be heard coming from 
the west singing of the birth of their 
Saviour. Several groups came after 
this so that it was almost 11 A. M. 
before we could begin the service. 
These were people who had come to 
know Christ as their Lord and Sa- 
viour and who lived in the many 
villages located in the Mission Sta- 
tion area. They were all coming to 
take part in the Christmas service 
at the Mbororo Church. 

Before long the church building 
(which seats about 300) was full. 
Still more and more people came, hav- 
ing to crowd up to the windows to 




Bischofs: Barbara, Bea, Bob, Bobby 



try and get a glimpse of the play. 
The chief of Mbororo and the chief 
of Humshi together with their elders 
came into the service. 

All voices were lifted to the sing- 
ing of several Christmas carols which 
the leader had changed into the Higi 
language. What a thrill to see close 
to 600 people lifting their voices in 
praise of their Saviour when just four 
years ago there were only about 20 
Christians in the whole area. What a 
thrill to see the people coming from 
all corners of the compass when just 
four years ago in many of the vil- 
lages no one had even heard the 
story of the Birth of the Saviour. 

It is a great thrill to be back 
again in Nigeria and seeing the work 
going forward and souls being brought 
to Christ. It is just a little over three 
months since we arrived back at 
Mbororo. The thi-ee months have been 
full of visits to outvillages, meetings 
with evangelists, church committees 



and school teachers as well as oppor- 
tunities of witnessing for the Lord. 

During the three month period it 
has been my privilege of baptizing 
186 people, having 325 others stand 
and say that they wanted to enter 
the Christian way and make their 
confession of faith — and begin to pre- 
pare for baptism. There are still 6 
villages that are waiting for me to 
visit them. These people have been 
brought to Christ by Nigerian young 
men who have come to know Christ 
as their Saviour and then have told 
others about Him. 

Just several weeks ago a group of 
24 people came walking into the Sta- 
tion. Four of them came for baptism 
and 20 of them to make a confession 
of faith. They came from one of 
the high mountain peaks about four 
miles from Mbororo. The young man 
who was teaching them was the first 
to make a confession of faith. The 
four to be ba.ptized had made a con- 



February 24, 1962 



Page Five 



fession of faith at another village 
and none of them could read. This 
young man who could read and was 
leading them after he made his con- 
fession of faith set with us as we 
examined the other people. It was 
a happy occasion for him to see the 
fruits of bis teaching. Not long ago 
we went to one village for baptism 
and confessions of faith. We expected 
about 23 confessions of faith, but 
when we got there there were 93 
people from three different mountain 



tops waiiting to make confessions of 
faith. They all were brought to Christ 
by young men who had very little edu- 
cation, yet bad found the Lord them- 
selves and then had to tell others 
about Him. 

In all, 24 villages have been vis- 
ited in these past three months re- 
sulting in 186 baptisms and 325 con- 
fessions of faith. 

THE CHRISTMAS STORY IS BE- 
ING TOLD IN NIGERIA— "TODAY 
. . .A SAVIOUR HAS BEEN BORN." 



May we continue to give God the 
praise and send forth workers to help 
with the harvest. The Field is white 
unto harvest but the laborers are 
few. Missionaries, as well as trained 
native workers are few for we have 
many villages asking for leaders but 
we have none to send them. We have 
mission stations without staff when 
the people are hungering and thirst- 
ing for the Bread of Life. 

In Christian Love, 
Bea and Bob 



WORKSHOPPING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 

Secretary W. Clayfon Berkshire 



Although the word workshopping 
may sound a bit like windowshopping, 
the siimilarity ends right there. Gen- 
eral Secretary Berkshire, accompanied 
by John Porte and Marlin McCann, 
has been visiting most of our churches 
in the Mid-West and Northern Cali- 
fornia districts, conducting steward- 
ship workshops. 

This venture is designed to 
strengthen all of our congregations 
and to give them a vision of their 
Christian potential, when all of life 
is committed to the Lord. But, let the 
General Secretary speak for himself: 

Laramie, Wyoming 

. . . The Cheyenne brethren had the 
latch string out and we were well 
cared for, since Brother Garber had 
prepared so well for our coming. Mar- 
lin taught the adult Sunday school 
class and spoke agajin to the Youth 
in the evening. All three of us par- 
ticipated in the workshop. The peo- 
ple were appreciative of these help- 
ful suggestions for strengthening 
their Christian ministry. 

It is really winter here, with the 
temperature at 20 degrees as we left 



Cheyenne and more snow is predicted 
for Utah. We expect to reach Salt 
Lake City today. 

Although weather conditions have 
kept attendance down somewhat, we 
have been quite well received, and 
a number have expressed keen interest 
in our workshop presentation. At Mil- 
ledgeville about 40 people gathered 
for a basket dinner, after which we 
presented our progi-am, with a num- 
ber remaining afterward for personal 
questions and discussion. 

We conducted a similar laboratory 
at Lanark, where the attendance was 
not as large, but some great interest 
was evidenced in the program. 

At Carleton, although the member- 
ship is small, the attendance was quite 
good. These people feel their isolation 
from other Brethren groups, but they 
are eager to promote their church 
program in the area. 

In California 
Los Angeles 

...We arrived here late yesterday 
and will soon be leaving for Tucson. 
The conference at Stockton was par- 
ticularly good, because the arrange- 



ments had been so well outlined and 
efficiently bandied. Conference ses- 
sions were well attended by young 
people and adults, with both groups 
participating in the program. There 
was much inspiration for all of us. 

Some excellent planning was done 
also for the growth and strengthening 
of the district. One significant de- 
cision of interest to many brethren 
was the pledge to raise $40,000 dur- 
ing the next three years to assist 
the Stockton project and to cover 
some other phases of the distinct 
work. 

The camp trustees presented an 
ambitious program including plans to 
transfer the camp property from the 
Berean Band to the district as pre- 
viously arranged. Conference ap- 
proved this recommendation and the 
transfer will soon be completed. A 
government building purchased a few 
months ago has been dismantled and 
transported to the camp site where 
it stands among the stately pines — 
a thing of beauty and usefulness. The 
trustees plan to complete the interior 
of the building, to provide a well, to 
change the road, and to survey the 
property . . . 



WHERE You Invest 




DOES Make A Difference 



Pane Six 



The Brethren Evangclialj 



Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for March — "OF GOD'S CALL" 



Writer for March — PKOFESSOK EDWIN BOAKDMAN 
March 8th through 14th — "For Separation" 



March 8, 1962 
liead Scripture: Acts 13:1-13 

Scripture Verse: Separate me Bar- 
nabas and Saul for the work where- 
unto I have called them. And when 
they had fasted and prayed, and laid 
their hands on them, they sent them 
away. Acts 13:2, 3. 

The Call of God, came to the well- 
established and well-statfed Chui'ch 
in Antioch, Syria, asking tfhat two 
of its ablest leaders, Barnabas and 
Saul, be set apart for special mis- 
sion service in new areas. Thus be- 
gan the first of four missionary 
journeys which were to open Asia 
Minor and southern Europe to the 
blessings of the Gospel. There was 
no question of sacrifice on the part 
of either the called messengers or the 
Church in Antioch. Compared to our 
times this Churcli was small, sub- 
ject to persecution, and with no ade- 
quate church building. But it did have 
the will to obey God, to share its 
blessings with less favored people, 
and give a magnificent demonstration 
of mission enterprise to the Apostolic 
age. 

The Day's Thought 

"Though I speak with the tongues 
of men and of langels, and have not 
love, I am become as sounding brass 
or a tinkling cymbal." I Cor. 13:1. 

March 9, 1962 
Read Scripture: I Samuel 17:31-46 

Scripture Verse: Then Samuel took 
the horn of oil and anointed him in 
the midst of his brethren: and the 
Spirit of the Lord came upon David 
from that day forward. I Samuel 
16:13. 

Disobedience, on Saul's part, to Je- 
hovah's explicit command made it 
necessary to anoint a new leader for 
Israel. Samuel was sent to the home 
of Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint the 
youngest son of Jesse as king. 



Four facts are noteworthy in the 
life of King David. First, he was 
chosen by God because his heart was 
right in God's sight. Second, his su- 
preme faith in God made David a 
dynamic personality. Third, he had 
the capacity for winning and keep- 
ing the loyalty of good men. Fourth, 
the family line of David, son of Jesse, 
gave to the world the Messiah, Christ 
the Lord, and the Savior of mankind. 

The Day's Thought 

The capacity to exercise faith in 
an omnipotent God gives the Believer 
the ability to live a victorious life. 

March 10, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 6:1-6 

Scripture Verse: Wherefore Breth- 
ren look ye out among you seven 
men of honest report, full of the Holy 
Ghost and wisdom, whom we may 
appoint over this business, and when 
they had prayed they laid their hands 
on them. Acts 6:3, 6. 

The first deacons in the Christian 
Church were chosen tol heal a grow- 
ing cleavage in the rapidly expand- 
ing Jerusalem church. Favoritism was 
Charged in that the needy Greek- 
speaking Jews claimed that they did 
not receive the same treatment as did 
the needy Hebrew-speaking Jews. To 
settle the matter, seven men were 
chosen to be impartial in their treat- 
ment of the needs of all the brethren 
so that a united and contented Church 
would result. The names of the seven 
deacons indicate that they were all 
Greek-speaking Jews. This shows how 
the Church wished above all else that 
the brethren would continue to be at 
peace with each other. 

The Day's Thought 

"The strong argument for tlie truth 
of Christianity is the true Christian; 
the man filled with the Spirit of 
Christ." Christleib. 



March 11, 1962 
Read Scripture: Romans 1:1-17 

Scripture Verse: Paul, a servant ot 
Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, 
separated unto the Gospel of God. 
Romans 1:1. 

In his stirring letter to the Roman 
Christians Paul states in the first 
chapter, first verse, three challenging 
facts: — (1) He was a servant of Je- 
sus Christ. (2) He was called to be 
an apostle. (3) He was a messenger 
separated to the labor of proclaim-i 
ing the message of the Christian Gos- 
pel. 

Paul was sure of three other con-- 
victions: namely that He was a debtor 
to the Greeks, the barbarians, the 
wise and the unwise: that he was 
ready to preach the Gospel in Rome: 
and that he was not ashamed of the 
Gospel for it is the power of God 
unto salvation to everyone that be- 
lieveth. 

In the light of these excellencies 
the great Apostle glories in his op-j 
portunity to preach the Gospel ofi 
Salvation from sin. 

The Day's Thought 

"The greatest, strongest, mightiest 
plea for the Church of God in the 
world is the existence of the Spirit 
of God in its midst." (C. H. Spurgeon)) 

March 12, 1962 
Read Scripture: II Corinthians 6:1-101 

Scripture Verse: What agreement! 
hath the temple of God with idols? t 
for ye are the temple of the living! 
God. . .Wherefore come out fromi 
among them, and be ye separate, saith 
the Lord. II Corinthians 6:16-17. 

When we think of the word 
"church" our minds register pictures 
of buildings more or lesis beautiful 
where people worship and commune 
with God. From the text above, 
another concept is given us, for man 
himself is presented as being a 
Temple of the Living God. Each one 
of Us has the possibility of becom- 
ing a place of worship, a shrine, a 
cathedral where holiness, sanctity, i 
worship, the hush and awe of God's ' 
presence can be experienced. The Spir- 1 
it of the living God can infill each 
surrendered life so completely that 
each given Christian will experience 
the fact that he is truly a laborer 
with God, that he is God's husbandry, 
God's building. 

The Day's Thought 

"The way to preserve the peace 
of the Church is to preseiwe its 
purity." Matthew Henry. 



February 24, 1962 



Page Seven 



March 13, 1962 
Read Scripture: Numbers 16:1-14 

Scripture Verse: Seemeth it but a 
small thing unto you that the God 
of Israel hath separated you from 
the congregation of Israel to bring 
you near to himself to do the service 
of the tabernacle, and to stand be- 
fore the congregation to minister un- 
to them? Numbers 16:9. 

Jealousy, which led to rebellion 
against both God and the especially 
chosen leaders of His peoiDle Israel, 
was the sin of Korah and his com- 
panions. Instead of being full of spir- 
itual fervor and loyalty needed for 
such a venture as the successful con- 
quest of the "great and terrible wil- 
derness" their emphasis was upon 
their personal glory and prestige. 
Moses pointed out to them tihe emi- 
nence and the ministry that was al- 
ready theirs in the service of the 
Tabernacle. However, in their case, 
pride was to go before destruction 
and a haughty spirit before a fall. 
Tlieir end was total obliteration. The 
Omnipotent God did not spare the 
rebels. 

The Day's Thought 

The Trinity of Evil is noted in 1 
John 2:16 as "The lust of the flesh; 
the lust of the eyes, and the vain 
glory of life." 

March 14, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 6:12-19 

Scripture Verse: And when it was 
day, He called unto Hisi disciples, and 
of them He chose twelve whom also 
He named Apostles. Luke 6:13. 

Jesus called twelve men to be His 
disciples and apostles. These men 
were not extraordinary men from the 
standpoints of family, fortune, or ed- 
uoafcion. Most of them were fishermen, 
one at least was a publican, another 
was a zealot. Yet these men were 
chosen by the Lord after He had 
spent a nig'ht in prayer. These men, 
however, 'had a priceless opportunity 
— that of walking and talking with 
Jesus in the flesh. They heard Jesus' 
talk on a wealth of subjects. They 
heard His parables. They saw His 
miracles. They watched Him die, and 
met during a span of forty days, af- 
ter He had risen from the tomb. In 
all that He did in company with 
His disciples He led them into the 
gloi-y of the Ohristlike life and these 
men became stalwarts of spiritual 
might, helped to establish the Church, 
won other disciples and then they 
became martyrs for Jesus. 



The Day's Thought 

"True greatness oug'ht most surely 
become our portion if Jesus is our 
Daily Companion, and His Spirit be- 
comes Our Spirit." 



Memorials 

FENZEL. Benjamin Franklin Fen- 
zel, 83, a member of the Brighton 
Chapel Breithren Church for 61 years, 
passed to his eternal reward, Jan. 20. 
Entire life spent in LaGrange County, 



Indiana. Survived by his wife and one 
son. Services by the pastor. 

Albert 0. Curtright, Pastor. 



COMING EVENTS 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

Revival Ser\'ices — Mar. 5-18 — Dr. 
Harold Barn^tt, Evangelist; Rev. Carl 
Barber, Pastor. 
Akron, Indiana (Cooperative). 

Revival Meetings — Mar. 11-18 — Rev. 
Edward Kintner, Evangelist; Rev. 
Horace Huse, Pastor. 



OHIO PASTORS ATTEND CONVENTION 



On January 29, 1962, 36 Ohio Breth- 
ren pastors, Ashland Seminary stu- 
dents, faculty, and wives attended the 
Ohio Pastor's Convention held an- 
nually in the Veterans Memorial in 
Columbus, Ohio. 

At noon they all gathered at the 
YMCA in downtown Columbus for 
dinner in a reserved dining room. All 
enjoyed a fine fellowship in the Lord 
around the tables and while leisurely 
returning to the convention. 

After all had eaten, several an- 
nouncements were made concerning 
future events. One important item 
was that the Sunday School Board is 
planning camp for five weeks again 
as last year, and the family camp 
over Labor Day, and also the Camp 
Workers Retreat will be on Memorial 
Day. 

The Camp Board reported tliey are 
looking forward to another cabin on 



the grounds of Camp Bethany, and 
a good summer at the camp. 

Report was made that the Newark 
Brethren are progressing nicely to- 
ward plans for their new churth 
building. 

The major portion of the time was 
devoted to a discussion concerning the 
very serious financial circumstances 
of the Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church. Everyone attending was 
vitally interested, and a number of 
ideas were expressed. A predominate 
number called for definite prayer em- 
phasis, especially for the Missionary 
Board and the approaching meeting 
on February 26-28th. 

The informal gathering was mod- 
ei-ated by the President of the Ohio 
District Ministerium, Brother Phil 
Lersch. 

In His Wonderful Service, 
Carl L. Barber, Sec'y.-Treas., 
Ohio Disti-ict Ministerium. 



BIBLE LANDS TOUR 

Leaves June 18 and returns July 12; leaves from Cleveland and 
ends in New York. There are 23 days for you to study your Bible in 
places where Bible history was made. The tour includes such places 
as: Athens, Corinth, Rome, Beirut, Damascus, Jericho, Jerusalem, Dead 
Sea Caves, Petra, Bethlehem — and EVERY OTHER MAJOR BIBLE 
SITE. 

The tour is open to all interested Christians. The all-inclusive cost 
is $128.5. Travel arrangements are made by the Mennonite Travel Ser- 
vice and TWA. 

Directors are: Charles Munson and George MacDonald. 
For further information write to: 

Charles Munson, 
616 Park Street, 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Page Kiglit 

Message by the Seminary Dean 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Rev. Delbert B. Florai 



''T^he Ghurch and 

7 lie Gall To Service 



)) 



EVERY CHRISTIAN is called 
to faith, repentance and to 
a ministry of service in and to 
the world in and through the 
fellowship which is the body of 
Christ. This calling- is to be ex- 
ercised by all Christians. It is 
only in the light of such an un- 
derstanding of Christian voca- 
tion that the Church can de- 
velop and prosecute its task of 
recruiting men and women for 
Church vocation. 

With reference to the call to 
church occupations, there is still 
the need for "the tap on the 
shoulder." Without contradict- 
ing the historical concept that 
God speaks directly to a per- 
son regarding life service, there 
is a growing recognition of the 
role of the church in the call 
of the individual. 

It is the clear responsibility 
of the Church to be an adequate 
and intelligent voice for God in 
calling persons to service in the 
ministry of Jesus Christ. (Com- 
pare the call of the church at 
Antioch to Paul and Barnabas.) 
It is within the congregation 
that the decision for vocation 
should be nurtured, made, and 
recognized. 

The church should always be 
watchful for signs of the divine 
vocation in one of its members. 
Probably the calling should not 
be announced by the individual 
to the church, as is often done, 
but rather it should come 
through the church to the indi- 
vidual who has been called. Self- 



authentication is not sufficient. 
The church has the task of ap- 
proving the gifts. (Yet all too 
often the congregations of the 
Brethren Church wait and wait 
until the person finds it neces- 
sary to request a call from the 
local congregation.) Such 
thought underscores the con- 
cept that God calls men to pas- 
toral leadership in the church 
and to church occupations, and 
it reminds us that God uses the 
church as an active and even 
initiating agent in the calling. 
It is strongly believed by 
some that it is not contradictory 
to the idea of Christian voca- 
tion to have special offices of 
enlistment or recruitment for 
church occupations. It is the 
feeling of those who work in 
this area of Christian endeavor 
that it is the church which, 
while respecting the integrity 
of the individual, must nonethe- 
less interpret church occupa- 
tions, even as it is industry 
which must interpret industrial 
occupational opportunities. 
There is an imperative need of 
letting young people know how 
greatly leadership is needed in 
various church occupations. Sta- 
tistics from some of the de- 
nominations show that the 
Evangelical United Brethren 
Church is producing church 
workers at the rate of about 
37% less per year than are 
needed. In the United Lutheran 
Church the rate of deficiency is 
about 33%. The Brethren 



Church may find itself in about 
the same situation. 

In his Moderator's address to 
the General Conference in 1960, 
Dr. Joseph R. Shultz made 
strong reference to the need for 
positive action in the Brethren 
Church in recruitment of per- 
sonnel for church occupations. 
He recommended that the Na- 
tional Laymen's Organization 
and the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety devote a year of study to 
the general topic, "The Call and 
Challenge of the Christian Min- 
istry." During this fiscal year 
1961/62 the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society is engaged in the 
study. The Laymen are very 
substantially demonstrating con- 
cern by working on a $30,000.00 
project for increasing the li- 
brary holdings of Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. These good 
people of the Brethren Church 
are to be most highly com- 
mended, and the church may 
thank God and take courage. 

Here is a suggestion which 
is not new, for it has been made 
in several quarters in the past, 
but may it now be enunciated in 
tones clear and loud. It would 
seem that the time has arrived 
when the Brethren Church must 
have an office or agency for 
the purpose of across-the-board 
enlistment of ministers and 
church workers. Its activities 
would include positive vocational 
guidance. 

The idea of using vocational 
guidance methods in the enlist- 



February 24, 1962 



Page Nine 



nent for church occupations is 
iisturbing to some people on the 
),asis that this kind of thing, 
;omehow, is an impertinence to 
;he work of the Holy Spirit, per- 
laps actually an interference 
vith that work. In answer to 
luch an objection, the following 
■emarks would summarize the 
hought of many enlistment peo- 
)le on this matter: 

1. The church is the arena of 
the Holy Spirit for calling 
young people to church oc- 
cupations. 

2. The idea of counseling 

young people rather than 
overwhelming them by 
emotional pressure into 



such careers is much more 
preferable. 

3. When the church involves 
itself in the counseling pro- 
cess as a part of its en- 
listment program, the 
church is still the arena of 
the Holy Spirit in calling 
young people to church oc- 
cupations. It is not valid 
to think that the Holy Spir- 
it works less directly in a 
counseling situation, simply 
because men have set up a 
situation, than in an emo- 
tional conference or re- 
treat — which men, inci- 
dentally, also have set up. 

In a careful study of the Acts 
of the Apostles, the student 



gains an indelible impression 
that the Holy Spirit worked in 
and through the primitive 
church group in calling special 
workers. An honest attempt at 
appraisal of His methods in the 
modern church will lead to the 
same conviction, that is that the 
group is his instrument of op- 
eration, just as much now as 
in the time of the apostles. 

(Note: This article contains 
excerpts from observations 
from a "Denominational and 
Interdenominational Staff 
Consultation on Vocation and 
Enlistment" held at Buck Hill 
Falls, Pennsylvania, December 
14-17, 1960.) 




ST. FRANCIS' PRAYER 



-ord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Light, v/here was darkness; 

^here there is hate, may I bring love; Joy to replace sadness. 

Where offense, may I bring pardon; 

N/lay I bring union in place of discord; 

Truth, replacing error; 

Faith, where once there was doubt; 

Hope, for despair; 



Make me not to so crave to be loved as to 

love. 
Help me to learn that in giving I may receive; 
In forgetting self, I may find life eternal. 

St. Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




PRICELESS BRETHREN PUBLICATIONS 



SOME OF THE papers pictured 
in the accompanying photo- 
graph are simply priceless. 
Those old dusty, crumpled, torn, 
deteriorating papers ? Yes, those 
decaying things are, not com- 
mercially but intrinsically, price- 
less because of their ability to 
contribute to the knowledge of 
the history of the Brethren 
Church. Here is the kind of stuff 
from which history is written. 
Quite some time ago the 
Board of Directors of the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company most 
graciously acceded to the plea of 
Dean Delbert B. Flora of the 



Seminary to make a permanent 
loan to the Seminary for re- 
search purposes of "ancient" 
papers stored away in an old 
cupboard. When they were ex- 
tracted from their resting place 
the disturbed dust caused con- 
siderable choking and sneezing, 
but they were finally placed in 
the Dean's office in the Semi- 
nary. 

In the collection are to be 
found such pubhcations as The 
Christian Family, 1864-1869, 
The Primitive Christian, 1876- 
1878, The Progressive Christian, 
1881, The Gospel Preacher, 1882, 



and The Brethren Evangelist, 

1885 — . Of course there are some ( 
breaks in the sequences, thus ! 
some volumes are incomplete. 

Very recently it was discov- 
ered that the issues of The Pro- 
gressive Christian and Gospel 
Preacher which carry reports of 
the Annual Meeting and the Pro- 
gressive Convention of 1882 are ^ 
intact. As these lines go to 
press those reports are being 
typed in the Seminary office. 

These hundreds of dusty and 
deteriorating pages must be pre- 
served. They cannot be handled I 



February 24, 1962 

freely, for they will fall into 
pieces. They must be photo- 
p-aphed, then carefully stored. 
The photographing process will 
be very costly, but this seems to 
be the only way that the con- 
tents of these publications can 



be guaranteed to the Brethren 
Church. Who will rise to the 
challenge of this need ? 

The two books resting on the 
central large volume in the pic- 
ture are of great interest to peo- 



Page Eleven 

pie of the Brethren Church. The 
one standing on end is a German 
Bible printed by Christopher 
Sauer in 1763. The black leather 
Bible was given to Henry R. Hol- 
singer by his brother in 1887 at 
Sacramento, California. 



A Display of Magazines and Periodicals 

Received in the Seminary Library 



There is a good coverage of aware in order to be a competent ligious philosophy. Christian ed- 

developments in various sub- teacher and leader of his con- ucation, missions, practical the- 

jects and areas of knowledge of gregation. Included are Bible ology, counseling, general news, 

which the minister must be study, homiletics, theology, re- religious news, and many others. 




Page Twelve 



The Brethren Evangelist 



iBi in II 




Dean Delbert B. Flora asking for serious reflection on 
Distinctive Teachings of the Brethren Church 




Dr. Bruce C. Stark making a point in a Bible Course 




Professor J. Ray Klingensmith raising a question 
in Systematic Theology 



"The Central Book. Tlil 

in the mother tongue if'" 
at the center of the cui:" 
as the one indispensible t jtL 
for the Christian n 'S 



Page Thirteen 



NT 



)und this Book all other 
rses are built, with a view 
'ard making some contribu- 
1 to its better understanding 
[ more efficient use. 



"Practical Aim. The important 
technical disciplines of a stand- 
ard theological curriculum are 
taught, but always with a prac- 
tical purpose. Each course is 
brought to the test of this ques- 
tion: How can this be used in 
the practical work of the Chris- 
tian ministry? High academic 
scholarship is inculcated, but not 
as an end in itself. The function 
of the Seminary, as conceived by 
this Institution, is to produce 
able preachers and pastors, not 
merely scholars. 

"Organization. The organiza- 
tion of the Seminary course is 
characterized by simplicity and 
a devotion to fundamentals. 
Since the Christian minister is 
the herald of a divinely revealed 
message recorded in the Holy 
Scriptures, his training should 
be planned in response to cer- 
tain basic needs. He must have 
a thorough and first-hand mas- 
tery of the Bible, a systematic 
knowledge of that body of Truth 
which it contains, an intelligible 
acquaintance with the history of 
this body of Tiaith and of its 
work among men, and an ability 
to preach this Truth with power 
for the saving of men and their 
subsequent spiritual growth." 
(Quoted from the Seminary Cat- 
alogue.) 

With these things in mind the 
Seminary cun-iculum is organ- 
ized according to a fourfold plan. 

(1) The division of Biblical 
studies. All courses related to 
knowledge and interpretation of 
the Holy Scriptures are included 
in this division, such as subjects 
in Bible content, Bible lan- 
guages, Bible history, geography 
of Bible lands, biblical archaeol- 
ogy, and related subjects. 

(2) The division of theologi- 
cal studies. Systematic theology, 
Christian doctrine in the several 



phases and aspects. Christian 
philosophy, distinctive teach- 
ings of the Brethren Church, 
developments in contemporary 
theology are descriptive terms 
for the subjects which claim at- 
tention of the student and fac- 
ulty in this area of considera- 
tion. 

(3) The division of historical 
studies. These courses deal with 
the growth and development of 
the total Christian church, and 
its expansion into various parts 
of the world, from the time of 
the Apostles to the present. The 
history of the Brethren Church, 
world religions, and modern 
cults receive attention. 

(4) The division of profes- 
sional studies. In this division 
the function of the church is 
seen as that of teaching, de- 
livering the good news of Christ 
to a lost and unhappy world. 
Tlie first three component di- 
visions provide the core elements 
for all other studies in prepara- 
tion for effective pastoral ser- 
vice. Tile practical or profes- 
sional studies include investiga- 
tions as theory and practice of 
preaching, Christian education 
in various aspects, the minister's 
personal devotional life, evan- 
gelism, pastoral care and coun- 
seling, church polity, and con- 
duct of stated and special ser- 
vices of the church. 

This is a really big assign- 
ment, but Ashland Theological 
Seminary is tackling the job 
with vigor. The curriculum has 
been reorganized, but to some 
extent is still in state of flux. 
The Board of Trustees and Ad- 
ministration have appointed spe- 
cial committees who are advis- 
ing with a view to making bet- 
ter work possible. Many Breth- 
ren peoplel are concerned and as- 
sisting. The order can be filled! 
D. B. F. 



If 



Page Fourteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



PREACHING IS REQUIRED 




PREACHING is required by 
the nature of tlie gospel. 
Jesus Himself began His min- 
istry by "preaching the gospel 
of the kingdom of God" (Mark 
1:14). At a later time, after cal- 
ling and training His disciples, 
He sent them out to preach, say- 
ing, "Go. . .and as ye go, 
preach" (Matthew 10:5-7). 
When the early church was 
scattered from Jerusalem by per- 
secution, they "went everywhere 
preaching the word" (Acts 8:4). 

Preaching is the art of using 
words to proclaim the gospel, the 
good news of Jesus. 

"One of the most important 
things a minister does week by 
week is to deliver his sermons to 
his people. It is then and only 
then that the fire in his soul is 
or is not communicated. It is 
then and only then that the long 
years of college and seminary 
education find their target or 
miss it altogether. It is then that 
the hours in the study preparing 



the sermon are ratified or nul- 
Ufied. 

"The delivery of a sermon is 
a profoundly searching expe- 
rience for the preacher himself. 
It has to do with a great deal 
more than a few techniques. It 
probes a man, mind and soul. 
The spoken sermon is the point 
at which the whole of a man's 
life and training come most viv- 
idly into focus. What a man has 
to give by way of intellect, train- 
ing, h u m a n understanding, 
moral integrity, and spiritual 
awareness is centered in the pul- 
pit at the creative moment of 
delivery. By the same token, 
what a man needs in his growtli 
toward Christian maturity is al- 
so glaringly apparent at this 
same point." (Dwight E. Steven- 
son and Charles F. Diehl, Reach- 
ing People From the Pulpit, Har- 
per and Brothers.) 

The photograph in connection 
with this article shows Mr. Kent 
Bennett, a senior in the Semi- 
nary and a member of the Gar- 



ber Memorial Brethren Church,! 
Ashland, engaged in a practice 
preaching assignment. This work 
is being done under the super- 1 
vision of Professor Charles R. ! 
Munson in an advanced course 
in preaching. 

Besides class room discussions i 
and appearance in practice 
preaching assignments students 
are placed in regular pulpit sit- 
uations. Arrangements are made i; 
with local pastors for presenta- ! 
tion of students in homiletics to ! 
preach before their congrega- | 
tions. At other times the stu- j 
dents are asked to read the I 
Scriptures and conduct devotions | 
in worship. Sometimes they lead j 
prayer meeting groups. Of 'j 
course they are observed in their ' 
work and later counselled and ' 
graded. ! 

Jesus required His disciples to j 
preach. The presentation of the j 
gospel requires preaching. Our 
seminary gives careful atten- I 
tion to guiding students into pro- ! 
ficiency in preaching the gospel. ' 



•ebniary 24, 1962 



Page Fifteen 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 



OAKVILLE, INDIANA 

December was a busy but very profitable month spir- 
tually for the members and friends of the Oakville, In- 
liana, church. 

Early in 1961, December was chosen as the time for 
ur Fall Revival and Spencer Gentle of the Goshen Church 
ras invited to be our evangelist and he accepted the 
nvitation. Bro. Gentle could not be with us on the first 
Sunday of the meeting, but our pastor, Bro. Jack Little, 
ilanned a prayer quest for the Sunday evening service 
/hich was inspirational and challenging to all who at- 
ended. 

The many months of preparation under the leadership 
if our pastor in tlie form of prayer, visitation and adver- 
ising and the fine gospel preaching on the part of the 
vangelist, as well as a good musical director from An- 
[erson College, Floyd Brick, made this one of the most 
nspii'ing and worthwhile revivals Oakville has expe- 
rienced for many years. Some of our members have said 
bat it was like an old fashioned revival. There were 
.dult confessions and several reconsecrations. All who 
.ttended received a rich spiritual blessing. We all had 
he feeling that the revival was just starting at the end 
if a week. The attendance was good for each service. 

Our attendance has been increasing each Sunday at 
)oth Sunday School and Worship Services since the close 
if the revival. We are anticipating a continued growth 
n numbers as well as spiritual lives of those who attend 
he services. 

Our pastor is doing a good work with the Brethren 
^outh with the help and cooperation of the parents of 
;he young people and other interested people. 

Donna SoUars, Secretary. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



WHAT IS THY NAIME? 

"And he asked him, What is thy name? And he an- 
swered, saying. My name is legion: for we are many" 
(Mark 5:9). 

WOU WILL REMEMBER the story of the Gadarene 
1 demoniac. Here was a man so overcome by demon 
possession that he could not live with sane, normal in- 
dividuals. He was so possessed by the influence which 
iruled him (they called it a demon), an ianti-social urge, 
[that he fled human contacts and dwelt among the tombs 
(in the cemetery). 



Coming upon this individual one day, Jesus asked him 
the question of our text, to which he made the reply as 
recorded. "My name is legion: for we are many." The 
poor fellow's tragic condition was suggested by his very 
name, in fact he had no name of his own. He was the 
target of conflicting attitudes, desires, emotions. And 
each warred against the other. He was a creature of 
conflicts. 

And the Lord is asking us tlie same question today, 
"What is thy name?" In answering that question many 
folks would have to make answer that they have wandered 
far away in their hearts from a united heart. The num- 
ber and variety of their interests is such that tliey are 
like many selves, wandering in many different directions 
— or hearts being assailed by so many conflicting emo- 
tions that they are torn by uncertainty as to which ap- 
peal shall be heeded. In a very real sense their name 
is "legion". 

And the Lord is putting another test to men, as He 
did when on earth. It is the question He put to His dis- 
ciples, "Whom say ye that I am?" If men cannot an- 
swer this question, in all the sincerity of their beings, 
as Peter did, then our name is "legion". You will re- 
member that soul-saving answer of the impulsive apostle, 
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." If by 
faith we have taken Him into our hearts and He lives 
to give direction to our lives, then we can echo Peter's 
exulting reply to his Master's question. It matters little 
what our earthly cognomen may be, but to bear 'the name 
of "Christian" means acceptance into the family of God. 
"What is thy name?" 



OUR FATHER AND MY FATHER 
"Our Father who art in heaven" (Matthew 6:9). 

CHRIST SAID, "Our Father," not "My Father." Our 
includes my but my does not include our. Horace 
Bushnell once said, "If Christ had never taught the world 
anything but to say 'Our Father', He would be the 
world's greatest benefactor." 

If the time ever comes when all men can say, "Our 
Father", there will then be on earth peace, good will to 
men. 

The question arises, can we say, "Our Father" ? Jesus 
once said to a group, "Ye are of your father the devil." 
It is evident that people are of different spiritual par- 
entage. 

To be able to speak of "Our Father" we must be of 
the family. No man calls another "Father" who is not 
of that one's family. The only way to be of the family 
is to be born into the family. Jesus told Nicodemus not to 
marvel at His statement, "Ye must be bom again." Even 
the Master used earthly expressions to convey spiritual 
truths to His hearers, but too many times they failed 
to grasp the implications of His statements. God can 
never become "Our Father who art in heaven" until He 
becomes "Our Father" while we are here on earth. The 
exercise of filial relations must begin here so that we 
may grow into a real Sonship with "Our Father" and 
a brotherly relationship with our fellow men. 



When we are rightly adjusted to God, life is full of 
joyful expectancy. 



Page Sixteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



SPECIFIC DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS 
Part Four 

SO PAR, in the three preceding articles, we have con- 
sidered the problem of achieving discipline in a rather 
general way, considering those things that the teacher 
can do to promote a healthy classroom situation. How- 
ever, in spite of these efforts on the part of the teacher, 
incidents of misbehavior will arise that require that the 
teacher take more direct measures to control the situa- 
tion. 

DISORDER DUE TO THOUGHTLESSNESS OR FOR- 
GETFULNESS — Because children come from different 
types of homes, where different standards of behavior 
prevail, some of them will not learn and understand the 
proper standard of school behavior as quickly as others. 
These children are not maliciously bad, but after run- 
ning around like Indians all week it is hard for them 
to learn self-control. The teacher must recognize these 
children, and work with them striving to teach and in- 
still in them proper habits of discipline. 

THE SELF-CENTERED OR SELF-ASSERTIVE PU- 
PIL — The self-centered child feels the need for more 
attention than he normally gets. To gain this attention 
he will try various means of showing off. The teacher 
can often use the group of pupils as a means to control 
such a pupil if he can win the group to himself. If the 
group ignores the pupil, he will soon stop. However, this 
does not solve the problem, for the personality need is 
still there. The teacher must also watch for opportunities 
when the pupil can get recognition and approval (which 
is what he wants) by doing those things which are so- 
cially desirable. Some honest words of praise from the 
teacher himself are also helpful. 

REFUSAL TO PARTICIPATE —This is again an in- 
dication of some personality fault. The pupil may feel 
insecure in the Sunday School classroom situation — par- 
ticularly if he is new. Or it may be that he is timid, be- 
cause of numerous past failures in his life. Whatever 
the reason, it does no good for the teacher to try to force 
the pupil out of his shell. Continual urging only causes 
embarrassment and hinders instead of helping. Rather 
the teacher and the class should be friendly and warm 
toward the person so as to provide a real sense of se- 
curity. The teacher should learn to know him outside 
of class and give him special attention. A sincere effort 
should be made on the part of the teacher to under- 
stand the pupil, and then understanding, to help. 

MALICIOUS PUPILS — Some few pupils not only fail 
to co-operate or participate in class activities, but ac- 
tively instigate mischief. Such pupils, troublesome in them- 
selves, are even more troublesome if recognized as leaders 
by the rest of the class. Class activity and an interest- 
ing lesson are not likely to avail with such pupils. The 
teacher must be fii'm in dealing with such characters. 



However, this firmness must be administered without be- 
coming indignant or sarcastic. Kindly, firmly, and with- ' 
out scolding the pupil must be reprimanded, and if this 
does not suffice, it may be necessary to ask the pupil 
to leave. If this becomes necessary, it is important that 
the teacher ari'ange a friendly meeting with the pupil in 
the following week. IMore than one mischievous boy has 
been won by a persevering teacher who took time to visit 
him, discover his interests, and win his confidence. 

It is also possible to direct such pupils into profitable 
channels. The e.xcess energy can be turned to good rather 
than bad by giving the pupil a duty to perform in the 
class, or asking him to lead in some class project. 

In extreme cases it may be necessary to get some 
outside help from the superintendent and pastor. It may i 
also be advisable to contact the pupil's parents. The great- 
est effort should be made, however, to win the pupil by 
personal contact and friendship. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies i 

C. Y. Gilmer 



THE HOLY KISS 

The Holy Kiss we will observe 

As the Apostles have; 
Nor will we dare to set aside 

The least command they gave. 

They were the witnesses of Christ, 

They taught His gospel pure; 
His counsels are all good and right, 

His promises are sure. 

As brethren then of the same Lord, 

The kiss we will observe; 
We'll take th' Apostles' good advice. 

Nor from our duty swerve. 

— The Old German Baptist Hymnal. 

THE SYMBOL OF HOLY LOVE in the New Testa- 
ment Church was "the holy kiss" as instructed 
by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul (Rom. 16:16). 
This manner of greeting or salutation is intended for 
"all the brethren" (1 Thess. 5:26). By "the brethren" 
is meant "the children of God" (1 Jn. 3:14; 5:2). It must i 
be "an holy kiss" (1 Cor. 16:20). 

When Samuel anointed Saul as king he gave him a 
kiss of reverence (1 Sam. 10:1). The same practice ob- 
tains today in ordination, and the anointing of the sick 
with oil. The heathen kiss their idols (1 Kgs. 19:18; Hos. 
13:2). The kiss of common carnality as often seen on 
the modem screen should be most repulsive (Prov. 7:13). 
The kiss to Isaac and Jacob was a token of peace and 
love (Gen. 27:26, 27). The same was true of Laban and 
his children (Gen. 33:4). To Esau and Jacob it was a 
sign of restoration to brotherly love (G«n. 48:10). It 
was the evidence of manly affection between Moses and 



February 24, 1962 



Page Seventeen 



his father-in-law, Jethro (Ex. 18:7). It was an expres- 
sion of the classic friendship between David and Jona- 
than (1 Sam. 20:41). David gave a parting kiss to Bar- 
zillai, an aged friend and supporter (2 Sam. 19:39). Da- 
vid gave his wayward son Absalom the kiss of recon- 
ciliation (2 Sam. 14:33). 

The Bible gives instances of the kiss of deception and 
treachery (2 Sam. 20:9). Absalom, the politician, kissed 
the people while plotting a rebellion (2 Sam. 15:5). All 
are familiar with the "Judas' Kiss" (Matt. 26:48). Je- 
sus reproved Simon for neglecting the customary kiss 
of the host for his guests (Lu. 7:45). But because of the 
alaborate and empty forms of greeting connected with 
the customary kiss of greeting, Jesus instructed His dis- 
:iples in their mission of haste to discard it (Lu. 10:4). 

While Jesus commanded to salute others than breth- 
ren (Matt. 5:47), "the Holy Kiss" is for the church only 
(1 Thess. 5:16). The customary kiss was given a new 
significance, made a new symbol to be perpetuated in 
;he church (2 Cor. 13:12). Peter calls it "the kiss of 
:harity" (1 Pet. 5:14), and it is observed by the Breth- 
ren in the washing of the saints' feet service. The love 
^east, or the Lord's supper, well established in apostolic 
;imes (2 Pet. 2:13; Jude 12), and the kiss of love should 
remind true Christians of the need of abiding in holy 
ove. 

Greet one another with a kiss. 

Ye foUow'rs of the Lord; 
Take up the cross, ye friends of bliss, 
Trust ever in His word. 

"Greet one another with a kiss 

Of love and charity;" 
Th' Apostle Paul four times saith this, 

To those who'd Christian be. 

"Greet one another with a kiss," 

Hear Peter, also, say; 
How can we show more love than this, 

When we our God obey. 

Ye then who would religious be, 
And make sure work for Heav'n, 

With Paul and Peter, too, must see 
The plan by Jesus giv'n. 

— The Old German Baptist Hymnal. 

m Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 

Religious Education. Used by permission. ' 

Lesson for March 4, 1962 

NO STEALING 

'ext: Exodus 20:15; Joshua 7:19-26; Matthew 22:15-22 



HI 



OW CAREFUL many Christians are in defending 
doctrinal statements, especially of their denomina- 
I. But in practical Christian living there is a tendency 



to throw caution to the wind, particularly when tempta- 
tion is very strong or when there is possibility of sig- 
nificant gain or loss. How great an area for our Chris- 
tian witness is the field of conduct that demands hon- 
esty and trustworthiness. This is especially so in our 
time when people are so excessively sensitive about their 
money and worldly possessions, and when it is so easy 
and common to be a thief and a leech on society. 

After a search of newspapers, court records, jail rec- 
ords and posters of the era between 1620 and 1776 James 
T. Adams, in Epic of America, points out that he could 
find only one crime against person or property (high- 
way robbery) in the entire 13 colonies for the entire 
period. In 1959 there were 1,448,160 reports of theft alone 
in America. 

The principle of stealing includes dealing falsely, de- 
frauding and robbery. As Christians, we must distinguish 
between Christian honesty which is implanted in us by 
the Spirit and legal honesty by which the world abides. 
It is possible to be legally right but! before God to know 
that we are truly wrong. 

The Story of Aaehan points out some important facts 
regarding corrupted human thinking. 

(1) Aaehan did not consider that God was fully aware 
of his theft. He was more concerned that men would 
find it out. 

(2) He apparently thought that the judgment of God 
would not be as severe and imminent as that of man. 

Finally (3) his sin came about by looking at it (I John 
2:16), coveting it and then stealing. In tithing do you 
keep back God's share until last when it begins to look 
like too much to give? 

When we are in Christ and following the leading of 
the Spirit there is a change in our thinking, and un- 
seen blessings are to be had. When Christ came to Zac- 
chaeus there was a complete change in the man. He con- 
fessed his wrong attitude and was willing to make full 
restitution to any one he may have wronged. His was 
a free and willing step which reaped for him a bless- 
ing. (Consider Acts 5:1-10). In contrast, Aaehan was 
forced to make confession and it was probably for this 
reason that his judgment was so severe. He lived by 
the law and he died by the law. His sin, most likely 
known by the whole family, brought ruin to himself, 
his family and his possessions. (Can we rob God or steal 
from the state and not ruin our children ? ) 

Other basic principles brought out by the lesson — 

1. All persons and things belong to God (Ps. 24:1). 
We are but istewards of these things. 

2. We have responsibility to God, to the government 
and to persons. It is Sin to withhold from any or to take 

, from any his just due. 

We need also to note that stealing may be carried on 
in other forms. Living on relief and welfare when there 
is some work available is stealing from society (Eph. 
4:28). Dishonesty on income tax is stealing from the 
government and indirectly from all the people. Withhold- 
ing tithes puts a heavy burden on a few and is theft 
from God. If we were all honest it is said that our gov- 
ernment could be debt free and the work of the Church 
more than doubled. 



Page Eighteen 



The Brethren EvangeHsl 




Outftoo«/ 




Boys' dorm — four rooms and bath. 



ARGENTINE BRETHREN TRAINING CENTER 



LAST WEEK we were introduced 
to the newly purchased Argen- 
tine Brethren Training Center which 
is located a short distance from the 
center of our Argentine work which 
is Rosario. Your heart must have 
been thrilled by the description of the 
property and the wonderful possibili- 
ties which it presents for the train- 
ing of our own national workers as 
well as others of the evangelical 
cause. 

Let us continue now with the report 
which comes to us from the Mis- 
sionary Board. 

"The increasing necessity and value 
of applying indigenous principles has 
also been a significant factor in for- 
mulating the decision to purchase the 
property. Obviously there are many 
details to work out in the operating 



PART TWO 



of such an endeavor. These include 
supervision of the farm and main- 
tenance of the property. Here is 
where qualified laymen may play an 
important part and the students could 
also assist with some of the farm 
work at times. Therefore, it is an- 
ticipated that the farm income will 
make the operation of the training 
center largely self-supporting in some 
respects. 

"The acquisition-' of this property is 
very timely when we consider that the 
Aspinalls will begin their language 
training in Costa Rica this year. Then, 
it is our prayer that they will sail 
for Argentina sometime in 1963 and 
join our fine staff of missionaries al- 
ready laboring on the field. 

"We are confident that the Lord is 
leading in the development of an Ar- 



gentine Brethren Training Center al- 
though many hurdles must yet bs 
overcome. The doors are wide open 
for this evangelical witness. We 
must meet the challenge and fulfill 
our responsibility. This means that we 
dare not hold back in continued and 
increased financial support to follow 
through a program now begun — sow- 
ing the seed of the Gospel in Argen- 
tina for the salvation of many pre- 
cious souls." 

We thank the Missionary Board for 
the opportunity to "scoop" this story 
by presenting it on our Woman's 
Page. Further news and pictures will 
appear in the "Outlook" in the months 
to come. Will you make the Argen- 
tine Brethren Training Center a con- 
cern of your daily prayer? By work- 
ing and praying together our dream 
will soon become a reality! 



■'ebriiaiy 24, 1962 



Page Ninpfcen 




Attached to the dining hall — two of the downstairs bedrooms and bath. 



The 
Woman's 
Corner 

Edith Rod key 



•ear Readers, 

I imagine quite a group of you 
re Sunday School teachers. To be 

teacher is a great responsibility, 
nd I believe you will agree that 

aching is only a part of our work. 

feel that as much interest should 
e shown in the absentee as is shown 
I the presenting of the lesson. This 
oem I found in my scrapbook en- 
tled "The Absentee". As you read 

you will realize we can apply the 
ime concern for absent W. M. S. 
Lembers. 

Someone is absent," the Shepherd 
said 

As over my class book He bent His 

head, 
For several Sundays absent too. 

So tell me dear teacher, what did 
you do?" 

[ didn't call as perhaps I should 
I wrote some cards, but they did 
no good, 



I've never heard and she never came, 
So I decided to drop her name." 

He answered gravely, "A flock was 
mine, 
A hundred — no, there were ninety 
and nine; 
For one was lost in the dark and cold; 
So I sought the sheep that had left 
the fold." 

"The path was stony and edged with 
thorns; 
My feet were wounded, and bruised 
and torn, 
But I kept on seeking, nor counted 
the cost; 
And oh, the joy when I found the 
lost." 

Thus spake the Shepherd in tender 
tones 
I looked — and lo — I was alone. 
But God a vision had sent to me 
To show His will toward the ab- 
sentee. 



W. M. S. 



New^s 



North Liberty, Indiana 

Hello from the North Liberty, In- 
diana W. M. S. 

As usual, we are a busy group 
striving hard to reach our goals but 



more important, working hard to 
please the Master. 

November was a very busy month. 
We had our Public Service meeting 
with Mrs. Cole from the Ardmore 
Church as our speaker. 

One of our own W. M. S. ladies, 
Mrs. Schrader, gave the review of 
our mission study book. 

We helped the Sisterhood girls one 
Saturday morning in November with 
a doughnut sale. The W. M. S. ladies 
made the doughnuts in the church 
kitchen and the girls went out and 
sold them. We made seventy-five dozen 
doughnuts. 

Wednesdays have been set aside as 
work days at the church. The ladies 
meet, bringing a sack lunch and sew 
cancer pads and roll bandages. 

In March we will meet with the Sis- 
terhood girls and help them with their 
bandages. We will have a pot luck 
supper first. 

We enjoy very much working with 
the girls as they are the W. M. S. 
of tomorrow. 

Mrs. Jeanette Jackson, 
Secretary. 



A SOUL'S SOLILOQUY 

Today the journey is ended, 

I have worked out the mandates of 
fate; 
Naked, alone, undefended, 

I knock at the Uttermost Gate. 
Behind is life and its longing, 

Its trial, its trouble, its sorrow; 
Beyond is the Infinite Morning 

Of a day without a tomorrow. 

Go back to dust and decay. 

Body, grown weary and old; 
You are worthless to me from today — 

No longer my soul you can hold. 
I lay you down gladly forever 

For a life that is better than this; 
I go where partings ne'er sever 

You into oblivion's abyss. 

Lo, the gate swings wide at my knock- 
ing, 
Across endless reaches I see 
Lost friends with laughter come flock- 
ing 
To give a glad welcome to me. 
Farewell, the maze has been threaded. 

This is the ending of strife; 
Say not that death should be 
dreaded — 
'Tis but the beginning of life. 

Wenonah Stevens Abbott. 



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The Brethren Evangelis 




BROTHERHOOD PROGRAM FOR MARCH 



BRADLEY WEIDENHAMER 



"The Gospel Can Change Our Lives" 



THE BROTHERHOOD program which I have written 
for the month of March is entitled, "The Gospel can 
Change our Lives." I't deals with the 16th chapter of 
the Book of Acts. We will see how the gospel message 
worked through Paul. 

In the way of background, we might remember that 
Paul, after a dispute with Barnabas, took Silas and re- 
visited the churches in Asia Minor, delivering, the de- 
crees from the council at Jerusalem. God then led them 
into Macedonia through a vision. This is where Paul 
and his companions are as we begin our study. 

A. The conversion of Lydia: 16:13-15. 

1. Evidently a gi'oup of women met regularly for 
prayer at this specific place. 

2. Lydia was an Intelligent, wealthy, experienced, 
woman who sold expensive purple cloth. 

3. God opened Lydia's heart so that she would 
believe the words which Paul spoke to them. 

4. This shows us that even though we have a be- 
lief in God we must accept Christ as our Savior 
if we expect to be Christians. 

5. Material goods or wealth cannot save us; only 
Christ can do that. 

B. The Expulsion of a Demon; 16:16-18. 

1. The slave girl just represented the many heathen 
people who were under the spell of Satan and 
serving wicked men. 

2. We have many beliefs in our world today which 
profit by a person's superstitious actions and 
sometimes violent opinions. 

3. Remember that, while Paul was willing to ac- 
complish these miracles, his most important mis- 
sion was to preach the Gospel to all men. 

4. We need to remember this statement in No. 3 
and apply it to ourselves. 

5. Paul grew tired of the continued harrassment 
by this girl, so he cast the wicked spirit out of 
her. 

C. The Persecution of the Apostles; 16:19-24. 

1. The healing of the slave girl angered her mas- 
ters because they couldn't use her for their own 
gain any more. 

2. These men brought Paul and his companions be- 
fore the magistrates, charging them falsely with 
teaching customs which Romans couldn't law- 
fully practice. 



3. They were beaten and cast into prison, the 
authorities not realizing that Paul and hisi 
friends were Roman citizens. 

4. Those who are greedy will always oppose the| 
truth when it doesn't serve their purposes. 

5. We must be willing to experience the same kind 
of suffering which Paul experienced if we arei 
to help use the gospel to change mens' lives.' 

D. The Miracle at Midnight; 16:25-29. 

1. When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison,) 
they didn't sit down and complain or feel sor- 
ry for themselves; they kept their faith and re- 
mained in good spirits. 

2. The incident of the shattering of the gates andl 
shackles in the prison illustrates the shatteringi 
quality of the gospel which liberates our souls 
from the bondage of Satan. 

3. Even though Paul had been wronged, he was noti 
willing to use this miracle to unlawfully escape^] 
from the jail and try to leave the city. 

4. Paul took advantage of the miracle's effect uponi 
the jailor and offered him the gospel. 

5. We should be ready to take advantage of our 
opportunities to tell others about Christ. 

E. A Miracle of Grace; 16:29-34. 

1. Even the jailor, a man who must have associated' 
with many very evil people during his job, could 
realize what the gospel would do for him if he 
would listen and believe. 

2. Once the jailor had received the gospel, he was 
eager to wash their wounds and to bring them 
to his house so that more might hear the "Good 
News" of the gospel. 

3. Paul testified by his actions while in prison that 
victorious life is contagious. This impressed the 
prisoners and the jailor. 

4. The jailor realized that getting right with God 
is the way to be saved; and trusting in Jesus 
brings us to the knowledge of salvation. 

5. We have seen now that the gospel CAN change 
peoples' lives because of the power in it. 

6. The example of Lydia and of the jailor show 
us that both the rich and extravagant and the 
poor and hmnble need Christ before they can 
hope to enter the Kingdom of God. 



ebruary 24, 1962 



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"I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD" 

JAMES E. NORRIS, Past President, 
Brotherhood Board of Advisors 



pHESE ARE THE WORDS of Jesus. He says in John 
1 16:33, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but 

: of good cheer; I have overcome the world." 

Every young man who takes Jesus at His word, can 
ice the future with confidence, because HE overcame 
le world. His entire life was in conflict with the world 

om the date of His lowly birth when they laid Him in 

manger, because there was no room for HLm in the Inn. 
he world meant to do away with Jesus when Herod de- 

eed that all male babies two-years-old and under should 
J killed; but Jesus triumphed even in flight to Egypt, 
he very fact that Jesus was not destroyed in His in- 
incy is one more proof of His overcoming the world, 
he devil tried many tricks to defeat the purpose of 

sus coming into the world. He would have been de- 
ghted to have seen the plan of Salvation fail. 

We can never overcome the world except by the help 
' Jesus. But we have the promise that we shall be 
ke Him; and overcome the world in that sense. If He 
irercame the world, and we shall be like Him; it is just 
Dod reasoning to know we shall ovei'come the world too. 

Jesus gave us many examples as guides to good liv- 
ig. When the Devil took Him up into a high mountain 
id showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and of- 
Ted them to Him if He would only fall down and wor- 
lip him, HE just quoted scripture and said, "Get thee 

hind me, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship 
le Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Luke 
5-8. 



Then Satan tried a trick he still uses today. He took 
Jesus to Jerusalem and set Him on a pinnacle of the 
temple. There he quoted scripture, but Jesus was able 
to quote even greater scripture, "It is said, thou shalt 
not tempt the Lord thy God," "and when the devil had 
ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a 
season." Read Luke 4:9-13. 

The only way to overcome the world is to refuse to 
compromise with sin. The best weapon any young man 
can have is "The word of God" in his heart. 

Brotherhood is an organization of Christian hearts. 
These are the hearts who say no to sin. These hearts 
are tender and full of love. Hearts that can reply to a 
mean thi-ust, with a soft answer. Hearts which pain for 
a lost brother, or even an enemy. "Wherewithal shall 
a young man cleanse his way ? by taking heed thereto, 
according to thy word. With my whole heart have I 
sought thee: O let me no't wander from thy command- 
ments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might 
not sin against thee." Psalm 119:9-11. 

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. 
Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your 
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. 

Jesus also said, "and what soever ye shall ask in my 
name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in 
the son — If ye ask any thing in my name I will do it." 
John 14:13-14. 

Boys, men, young and old, here is the challenge, HE 
is the answer. 

St. James, Md. 



ACTIVATED POWER 
by Ruby Repine 

r HERE'S POWER in prayer. Prayer is the power line 
to heaven. But prayer alone has not been the way 
lat God has ordained that men be saved. The "foolish- 
3SS of preaching" is the plan whereby men shall be 
ived from their sins. This plan costs money. Could we 
ly that money makes prayer active ? 
Man need not think he can buy his way into heaven 
ir he shall surely find himself numbered among those 

I the left side. Neither should he think it will cost him 
sthing. We shall never stand among such men as 
xephen, who was stoned to death; John, who was be- 
aaded; and Peter, who was crucified; and say, "Lord, 

prayed". He's likely to say, "So did the publican!" 
We spend enormous sums of money to keep physically 
t. We are very concerned about our mental alertness, 
ut when it comes to the spiritual, we sit back, relax, 
id pray. Is it any wonder that God does not answer 

II of our prayers? 

If we believe that prayer does everything, then there 
no longer need to work to support our families. God 



will do it for us. That makes no more sense than pray- 
ing, "God save the heathen." God made the provision 
with the life of His Son but He has other sons that He 
expects to support the cause that we believe in so com- 
pletely. 

One's giving is an indication of his belief. Giving 
is to prayer what mercury is to the thermometer. Prayer 
is the thermometer, an absolute essential, but the mer- 
cury registers the temperature. 

Is your temperature above normal ? Does it reach the 
boiling point when the church mentions money? Or is 
it below normal indicating a coldness towards God's work? 
Either is in the danger zone. What is your temperature ? 

It takes 56 seconds to send a telegram around the 
world. It has taken us almost two thousand years to pro- 
claim the most important news in the globe yet. That 
alone is an indication that something is lacking. 

It may be that the activated ingredient is money. It 
may be it will cost us something. It may be that we 
need activated power in our lives. A temperature read- 
ing will reveal our relationship to God. Check that tem- 
perature. — The United Brethren. 



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Bfe- 



ethren 
l^outh 
j^usaders 



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The Brethren tvangelist 



(The lesson material for this topic 
was prepared by DR. BRUCE STARK, 
professor at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary, and is the third in this series.) 



HOW TO APPROACH A STUDY 
OF THE BIBLE 



THE BIBLE desei-ves to be studied. 
It is the greatest piece of lit- 
erature in the English language. It 
is the foundation of the Christian 
faith. It is the sword of the Spirit. 
We pay greatly for our ignorance 
of it. Resolve to learn something 
about it— NOW! 

1. Pick the right Bible. We are 
speaking here about the physical 
make-up of the Bible you will be 
studying. Pocket Bibles are fine and 
serve a useful purpose but do not 
try to study from them. Get a Bi- 
ble with big type that is clearly 
legible. Don't pick a Bible mei-ely for 
its cover. (Often hard covers are 
much the better buy.) Legibility is 
very important, especially in view of 
the columnar make-up of editions of 
the Bible. Bible "helps." 

2. Ask for the guidance of the 
Spirit. The Bible is unique above all 
other books in that it is the Word 
of God. The Holy Spirit must illumi- 
nate our minds as we study it. Pray 
before you read. We cannot enter 
into the spiritual riches of the Scrip- 
tures except we have help. 

3. Observe general rules of study. 
A quiet place, comfortable chair and 
desk (not a rocker), a well-lighted 
room and non-glare lighting arrange- 
ment are necessary. Interruptions 
should be studiously avoided if at all 
possible. Give yourself plenty of 
■time. A jangling telephone or buzzing 
doorbell are not conducive to effective 
study. Avoid intermittent conversa- 
tion while studying. It is distracting. 



4. Special hazards in Bible Study. 

Because of the unique nature of the 
Bible there are certain special haz- 
ai'ds that the student will encounter 
that he should be fox'ewarned. These 
are not difficulties that will be met 
in the normal course of studying the 
average book, but arises from special 
circumstances pertaining to the Bible. 

a. The cultural barrier. Parts of 
Bible may have been written 
as long as 3400 years ago. This 
is a 'tremendous gap to bridge. 
Customs, manner of speech, 
thought patterns, and a thou- 
sand and one other strange 
practices meet us in the pages 
of the Bible. Take time to get 
familiar with them. 

b. The spiritual barrier. Unas- 
sisted it is impossible to be 
completely unprejudiced in 
coming to the Bible. Many peo- 
ple "read in" what they want 
to see or have been previously 
taught, without regard to the 
truthfulness of the tex't itself. 
This is fatal. Our natural re- 
pugnance to the spiritual truth 
of the Bible must be overcome. 

5. Read consecutively. Isolated por- 
tions here and there from the Bible 
may help you in some ways but gen- 
erally it is best to follow along a 
planned course of reading, moving 
from one book to the succeeding one 
in the order in wihich the books ap- 
pear in the English Bible. 



6. Take notes on what you read. I 

This will take you a little time, but 
it will pay big dividends. It will af- 
ford you a convenient way of review- 
ing without having to wade through 
dozens of chapters of material. It 
will also help you to remember i 
through the purely mechanical act 
of recording the pertinent informa- 
tion. Names of important persons, in- 
stitutions, cities, valleys, rivers, 
events, etc., should be noted down. 
While we do read for information, we 
ought not be insensible to the personal 
value that any given passage of Dhe 
Bible may have for us. 

7. Read regularly. Don't let assigned 
passages of Bible reading "pile up." 
The practice of letting them accumu- 
late is extremely hazardous academi- 
cally, and will effectively quench any 
interest you may have in really get- 
ting to know the Bible. When Bible 
reading becomes a "grind" it has 
missed its purpose. Keep your Bible 
reading current. 

8. Consult maps. Have a couple of 
good maps handy to your desk to fol- 
low when place names are mentioned. 
Even though this may take you time, 
it will make your Bible reading more 
interesting. If you cannot visualize 
places, you are not apt to remember 
them. Try to associate place, people ; 
and events. 

9. Use various versions. The King 
James or Authorized Version of the 
Bible is the one best known to us 



February 24, 1962 



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and probably it will never be replaced 
in the esteem of the American public. 
This is not) a good reason for remain- 
ing ignorant concerning the style and 
general approach of other versions 
such as the American Standard Ver- 
sion, the Revised Standard Version, 
Berkeley, etc. 

10. Consult cross-references and 
parallel passages. You won't have 
time in doing survey work to run 
down very many such cross-refer- 
ences, but where the meaning of a 
verse or phi'ase or word is uncertain, 
you may be helped by consulting the 
cross-references. These are indicated 
in various ways in various editions 
of the Bible. 

11. Mark your Bible. Underlining 
and circling of key verses, tlioughts, 
people, etc., will pinpoint them in your 
mind and make it possible to locate 
them another time. Don't make un- 
derscoring a substitute for other notes 
however. 

12. Meditate and ponder what you 
read. Remember the study of the 
Bible is much more than a mere in- 




tellectual discipline. It is a spiritual 
exercise. Being in too big a hurry 
on the highway may lead to tragic 
death. Being in a hurry in the Bible 
study is equally fatal. Take time to 



think! The Bible is not "easy-chair" 
reading. It deals with the issues of 
life and death. Think it over care- 
fully. Don't read more than you can 
"digest." 



Poster: Make a folding Bible out 
of black construction paper and 
paste the back to white poster- 
board; add red pencils, green 
notebooks and yellow lamp plus 
your vital information on time, 
date, place and title of study. 

Scripture: II Tim. 2:11-19; Psalm 
119:33-40 

Songs: Seniors and Young Teens — 
"Breathe on Me, Breath of God," 
"How Firm a Foundation," 
"Holy Bible, Book Divine." 

Juniors — "Tell Me the Story of 
Jesus," "The B-I-B-L-E," "The 
Bible Stands." 

Program: Seniors — Assign various 
portions of lesson to members, 
have them study and pi-esent the 
assignment, make their com- 
ments; have a chalkboard ready 
for each participant to write his 
point on. 



IDEA BOX 



Young Teens — Advisor places 
Bible study points on chalkboard 
and comments on them. Have 
paper and pencil ready for each 
member to take notes v\^hile ad- 
visor talks; advisor erases board 
and then asks questions such as: 
What kind of Bible is best for 
study purposes ? What should be 
some of the characteristics of 
this Bible? Should you just open 
your Bible and begin reading or 
is there some preparation neces- 
sary before reading? If so, what 
sort of preparation? What kind 
of atmosphere is necessary for 
studying? Are there any hazards 
involved in Bible study? Name 
them. Is it best to read various 
selections from different books or 
continue reading in one book at 
a time? Are notes necessary? 
Why? What should you include 
in your notes ? Why not read a 
whole week of assignments at 



once ? How can maps help you 
as you study the Bible? Isn't 
the King James Version of the 
Bible enough? What are some 
others? Of what use are cross- 
refei'ences and parallel pas- 
sages ? Isn't it true that we 
should not deface our study Bible 
with marks? Why or why not? 
It is proper -to read quickly 
through a passage and then go 
on to other things, is it not? 
Explain. 



Juniors — fix treasure box with 
picture of Bible on the top, have 
cards inside with Bible study 
points written on them. Each 
member in succession draws out 
a card while his eyes are shut 
and then reads his card aloud. 
Tlie advisor should comment, 
ask questions and answer in- 
quiries of the members. 



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"Books! Books! Books! 
And we thank Thee, God, 
For the Gift of them; 
For the glorious reach 
And the lift of them . . ." 

— Williann L. Stidger, 




Stacks of new books like those in the picture are making frequent ap- 
pearances on the tables and shelves of Ashland Theological Seminary. 

The National Laymen's Organization of the Brethren Church has adopted a 
project of $30,000 for books — books for the Seminary library. An initial con- 
tribution of $1,500 has been sent and is being expended. 





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Contributing Editors: 
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Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

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Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Alive In Christ" 3 

Missionary Board 4 

Daily Devotions — March 15-21 6 

News from the Brethren 7 

Weddings and Memorials 7 

Coming Events '^ 

Mulvane Youth Prepares 8 

World Religious News in Review 9 

Woman's Missionary Society 10 

"Exploring the Depths of Man's Need 

for God"— Rev. Jeny Flora 12 

Book Reviews 14 

Meet Your General Conference Officers 16 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 16 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches 17 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 18 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 



ASHLAND SEMINARY SUNDAY— MARCH 11th: 

Last week's Evangelist brought you some very 
important and helpful information to aid you in 
your observance of Ashland Seminary and Min- 
isterial Recruitment Sunday in your church. This 
can be a big day in our churches if we set our 
mind to it, and much good can be accomplished 
thereby. 



ONE YEAR WITH TWO COLORS: 

It was just one year ago that the Evangelist 
started to use the two color foi-mat. You recall at 
that time there was some delay due to an unfore- 
seeable delay in the installation of our two-color 
press. 

An independent panel of judges, sponsored by 
the Evangelical Press Association, this past Jan- 
uary, i-ated our magazine as Good to E.xcellent. 
We are glad for their report and are seeking to 
enlarge upon our good points and to incorporate 
the judges' suggestions into our magazine to make 
it an even better church publication. 

The thing we need the most right now is increased 
support by the people for whom we are publishing 
the Evangelist. How about it, Brethren ? 



CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE ARE BROTHERS 

A missionary in Africa arrived at a communion i 
service in which four towns were combining, and I 
heard an African addressing the crowded church i 
in a preparatory meeting, as follows: 

"I cannot tell you the gladness that is in my 
heart today. As I walked along the path with the 
other members from my town I saw that each man i 
held in his hand his Testament and his hymnbook. ' . 
No man carried a cutlass or a gun. No man walked ' 
with fear. 

"And yet it is but four years ago that no man 
from my town would have walked through your t 
town without a cutlass in his hand; and even then ■ i 
he would not have walked alone. Nor would any 
man from your town have come unarmed through 
ours. 

"What is the reason for this difference ? At that 
time we worshiped the same god that you wor- 
shiped, but the God we worship today is a God of 
peace. We have learned that He is our Father, and 
that we are brothers." 

— Pilgrim Holiness Advocate. 



All our time from the cradle to the grave we owe 
to God's kind providence. 



OUR COVER PICTURE: Crater Lake, Crater 
Lake National Park, southwestern Oregon. Picture 
courtesy Union Pacific Railroad. 



Sunday School Suggestions 19 

The Brethren Layman 20 

The Brethren Youth 22 



March 3, 1962 



I'ayf Three 




RECENTLY we read of a 
great film star who had 
fame and fortune, yet knew 
that her life lacked real mean- 
ing and purpose. One day, after 
she had worked particularly 
hard, her director said: "You'd 
better go home now; you must 
be dead." 

"Dead?" the renowned actress 
replied. "I've been dead for 
years." 

How really pitiful is the situa- 
tion of a person, who, when alive 
physically, yet is dead to Christ 
and the spiritual life which He 
offers to all. 

Our entire being is designed 
to have real purpose. Each day, 
there is to be a reason for work 
and play. Yet how often we see 
people who have no purpose, no 
goal, no long-range objective in 
mind. God has created us so that 
we might achieve, might over- 
come, and might attain. To do 
this, we must be alive — alive in 
Christ Jesus, for He is the one 
who gives us life eternal. 

Only once in the life of this 
scribe do we admit to having 
had nothing to do. Caught off 
guard in a high school study hall, 
we answered, "No," when the 
teacher in charge asked us if we 
didn't have anything to do. He 
soon supplied plenty of work. 
The lesson was learned well, 
and through the many years 
since, there has always been a 
work to do, a goal, an objective. 
Idle moments, few though they 



be, still present opportunities to 
do things beneficial and worth- 
while. 

Because of this, it is hard to 
understand the thinking of peo- 
ple who seem to have so much 
idle time to spend on things 
which bring no improvement 
either to self or to the welfare 
of others. It has always been a 
source of speculation as to how 
much good in a church could be 
done if those who fritter away 
empty hours would become real- 
ly alive in Christ and seek to 
improve their hours by dedi- 
cated service to Him. 

The Bible is a book of death 
and life. Every page contrasts 
the death of sin and the life of 
righteousness. Every page pre- 
sents the challenge and the two 
choices: Be dead in trespasses 
and sin, or be alive in the right- 
eousness of Jesus Christ. 

Death is never more than one 
step (or one breath) away from 
any of us. Cease to maintain 
proper health habits and the 
body begins to deteriorate. 
Abuse the body, and it rebels 
by breaking down. And, no mat- 
ter how healthy and well-main- 
tained a physical body may be, 
deterioration and death finally 
achieve their goal. 

Far greater the loss, though, 
when there is also spiritual 
death. The Bible is mostly con- 
cerned about this phase of our 
existence. Granted that the phy- 
sical body is important, and as 
a temple of the Holy Spirit 
(when we are Christian), it is 
to be respected and cared for. 



fllive 
In 

Ghrist 
Jesus 

yet the welfare of our spiritual 
being is of far greater impor- 
tance. 

For the redemption of the 
soul, Christ gave His life. As 
we are told that apait from 
Christ we are spiritually dead 
in sin, so we are told that in 
Him we are made alive spirit- 
ually. 

Therefore it appears that in 
order to have purpose in life, we 
are to be alive in Jesus Christ. 
The goals of the Christian are 
not all in this life, by any means. 
Here we have a work to do, 
which gives us purposeful liv- 
ing. This great purpose (that of 
praising God and bringing glo- 
ry to His name), though, con- 
tinues into the realm of the 
eternal. 

Thus we ask, "Is it our in- 
tended purpose of daily living 
to glorify God, praising and 
serving Him?" If it is, then we 
are not dead, but are alive in 
Him. Life takes on new meaning. 
Life can be more beautiful and 
more fruitful. Our lives will also 
show increased desire to promote 
the work of the Gospel. Yes, 
dear friends, the secret of suc- 
cess in our personal lives, and 
in the work of our church, is to 
be truly alive in Christ Jesus. 
Make His purposes ours; make 
His goals the objectives of our 
lives. Our church will be cured 
of its ills, and its needs will be 
met when we all become ener- 
gized with the life-giving power 
of the Spirit which quickeneth. 
Let us live for Christ and His 
church. W. S. B. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




FIRESTONE PARK BRETHREN CHURCH 

851 Virginia Avenue 

Akron 6, Ohio 



February 7, 1962 



MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
•530 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 

Bear Christian Laborers: 

We needed to be reminded again of the words Jesus spake, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them 
to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19, 20). 

We who claim Him to be divine Lord often overlook the fact that the King has issued divine 
orders. As individual Christian people, as well as an organized Brethren Church, we realize our 
Lord speaks to us, "go". Since many of us cannot travel the oceans, or in other ways work away 
from our comfortable homes, we must "go" by making it possible for others to do the actual 
"teaching" and "baptizing". We do this by using the facilities, experience, and dedication of others 
who carry on this work through the MISSIONARY BOARD of our church. 

It has been brought to our attention that the MISSIONARY BOARD is deeply concerned over the 
lack of funds needed to carry on an effective Mission program. Have we, and other Brethren 
churches, failed you? Perhaps we have not prayed enough, encouraged enough, "given" enough, 
in the past. As you meet the last of this month, we, at the FIRESTONE PARK BRETHREN 
CHURCH, Akron, Ohio should like for you to know that we are behind you, we will increase 
our prayer support, and by God's help we will greatly increase our Mission giving in the com- 
ing year. 

Enclosed is a check for $350.00 to aid in our Mission work. With the Lord as our helper and if 
He is willing, we shall increase this amount to a minimum of $1,000.00 by Easter this year. 
This letter of encouragement and commitment adopted by unanimous action of this Congrega- 
tion, February 7, 1962. 

James R. Black, pastor 

Harvey Scott, Moderator 

Elbert Wallace, Chairman, Deacon Board 



(NOTE FROM THE MISSIONARY BOARD: We would like to emphasize that funds are greatly 
needed for both the Home Mission program and the World Mission program.) 



March 3, 1962 



Page Five 



WORKSHOPPING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 

Secretary W. Clayton Berkshire 



Heading back East 

...In our stewardship presentation 
at these workshops we have been 
emphasizing the broader aspect — a 
new and somewhat staggering concept 
to some people. 

At Tucson we spent two nights: 
the first one we presented our usual 
workshop program; the second night 
the entire group viewed the film, 
"Johnny, Don't Do That," which high- 
lights the Gospel Light literature 
recommended for our Sunday schools. 
Three groups were then formed to 
see the Gospel Light's literature, to 
consider Youth woi'k, and to discuss 
questions arising from the previous 
night's workshop. Following this pe- 
riod, personal questions were consid- 
ered over coffee and cookies. 

We next visited the Papago Park 
Brethren Church at Tempe, Arizona. 
John Porte and I met with the of- 
ficial board and the pastor on Sat- 
urday night while Marlin met with 
the youth and their advisor. Both 
of these meetings gave opportunities 
to ask and answer questions and to 
discuss phases of the local work and 
its future plans. 

Some of us participated in the 
Sunday school progi^am on Sunday 
morning and all of us spoke briefly 
in the worship service. We developed 
the three points: Bible study. Evan- 
gelism, Stewardship. 

A fine youth choir, recently organ- 
ized under the direction of Ray Pier- 
son, sang for the first time at the 
morning worship service. There were 
14 young people in the choir. Ninety- 
four attended the Sunday school and 
104, the worship service, after which 
a basket dinner was served. The af- 
ternoon presentation concluded with 
our usual prayer that the church will 
be motivated to complete stewardship 
and fulfillment of God's will. 

We joined with tlie youth, their di- 
rector and pastor for an evening out- 
ing along the Verde River. The com- 
ments of the youth as they partici- 
pated in the discussions were both 
interesting and significant. 

Members of the Mulvane Brethren 
Church turned out for our evening 
service in larger numbers than in 
any other church on this visiting tour. 
They were so attentive and their ques- 
tions indicated that they had been 



challenged. One person commented, 
"I can't wait to get going on some 
of these things!" 

The Fort Scott, Kansas congrega- 
tion is rather small but active. By 
their own admission they have done 
some things within the last few years 
which they never knew they could do. 
This has been a real booster to their 
morale. Their pastor, Rev. Kenneth 
Howard, continues to inspire them 
and to lead them to greater accomp- 
lishments. 

We were well received by these peo- 
ple and their response to our steward- 
ship workshop made us glad that we 
could spend an evening with them. 

The Falls City, Nebraska congrega- 
tion welcomed us with a potluck din- 
ner. A good representation of the 
membership was present for the ser- 
vice which followed. The fellowship 
and the exchange of ideas and infor- 
mation with the people and the pastor 
was helpful to us and to the church. 

The Falls City Church, like our 
other churches in the Mid-West dis- 
trict, because of isolation does not 
have the benefit of frequent fellow- 
ship with many other Brethren peo- 
ple. It is true, however, that they 
have the Morrill Brethren Church 
nearby. The Raymond Landes family, 
members of the Mori'ill Brethren 
Church, were present for the evening 
service. 

The last stop on our western trip 
was Waterloo, Iowa. We were asked 
to participate in various ways in the 
services since we were there on a 
Sunday. We took part in the adult 



Sunday School, giving some emphasis 
on missions. Each of us spoke briefly 
in the morning worship service. A 
delightful basket dinner at noon, 
needless to say, drew the participa- 
tion of the three of us. The work- 
shop on Stewardship Enlistment was 
carried out in the afternoon meet- 
ing. The evening program of the 
church included Brotherhood, Sister- 
hood and Brethren Youth meetings. 
We brought messages to each of these 
groups. (Marlin came down with the 
flu so was unable to share in these 
as previously planned.) 

We appreciated the good fellowship 
of these people and their pastor as 
we did in all of the churches where 
we visited. It was both a joy and 
a help to us to be in the churches 
of our Mid-West and Westei'n areas 
and we pray and trust the Lord to 
make our work a blessing to the 
people and the ministry of each 
church. 

This has been such a stimulating 
and enjoyable tour. Many of the peo- 
ple and the pastors have admitted 
that we are giving them much to 
think about and some handles to get 
hold of. We have been quite well re- 
ceived everywhere we have been — 
even the weather has been cooperative. 

We rather dreaded returning to 
these miserable Illinois, Indiana and 
Ohio temperatures, but we are truly 
grateful to the Lord for the good 
weather He provided for us all the 
way. We thank Him too for His 
providential care for us and for our 
families. . . 



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II 


MISSION 


EQUATIONS 


VISION. — WORK 


= VISIONARY 


WORK — VISION 


= MERCENARY 


VISION -1- WORK 


= MISSIONARY 


Which formula 


expresses 


your thoughts 


& actions? 


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The Brethren Evangelist 



Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for March — "OF GOD'S CALL" 



Wiilti- for March — PKOFESSOli EDWIN BOAKDMAN 
March 15th through 21st — "For Leadership" 



March 15, 1962 
Read Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9 

Scripture Verse: The Lord said to 
Abram, Get thee out of thy country, 
and from thy kindred, and from thy 
father's house unto a land that I 
will show thee. Genesis 12:1. 

Abraham had greatness thrust upon 
him as God's fourfold promise was 
made to him. (1). He was to have pos- 
session of a country; (2). A numerous 
progeny was to be his; (3). Provi- 
dential mercies were to be his; (4). 
He was to become a blessing to all 
the families of the earth. 

Abraham also achieved greatness 
because he possessed the will to 
achieve, the patience to endure what- 
ever experience brought to him, and 
aspiration to look for 'the city of 
God. Abraliam was seventy-five years 
of age when he began his great life 
venture as "the friend of God." 

The Day's Thought 

"He who can heroically endure 
adversity will bear prosperity with 
equal greatness of soul." (Fielding.) 

March 16, 1962 
Read Scripture: Judges 6:11-23 

Scripture Verse: Go in this thy 
might and thou shall save Israel from 
the hand of the Midianites. Judges 
6:14. 

In the days of Gideon, Midianite 
invaders had filled the land of Is- 
rael and had brought so much pov- 
erty to the Jews that life wasn't 
worth the living. Gideon was chal- 
lenged by a messenger of the Lord 
to dare to see, in the then dire state 
of Israel, God's call to greatness for 
faithful and courageous men. Gideon 
believed that God had worked miracles 
in days of old and would work them 
again. Hence Gideon accepted the call 
to the leadership of Israel and won- 



derful deliverance came to the nation 
through the dedication of Gideon and 
his three hundred warriors. Every 
age needs good and great leadership. 
It may be that we are numbered 
among the individuals on whom God 
will call for especial service in His 
name. If He was to call us today 
would we be ready to answer, "I 
am ready Lord" ? 

The Day's Thought 
"Happy the man who sees a God 
employed in all the good and ills 
that checker life." (Cowper.) 

March 17, 1962 
Read Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-13 

Scripture Verse: Also I heard the 
voice of the Lord, saying, Whom 
shall I send and who will go for 
us? Then said I, Here am I; send 
Me. Isaiah 6:8. 

Isaiah was apparently of a noble 
family living within the shadow of 
the throne of the great King Uz- 
ziah of Judah. Altogether the capable 
ruler had a reign of fifty-two years. 
It would seem that Islaiah had so 
permitted this Monarch to fill his 
whole horizon that he was blind to 
any other allegiance. Hence the turn- 
ing point in Isaiah's life took place 
when King Uzziah died. Then the 
prophet was lable to "see the Lord 
sitting on a throne high and lifted 
up." When Isaiah heard the voice 
of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I 
send and who will go for us?" he 
answered "Here am I, send me." 
With such an experience coming in- 
to his life, Isaiah became one of 
the greatest prophets of the Old 
Testament. 

The Day's Thought 

"What we believe we must believe 
wholly and without reserve; where- 
fore the only perfect and satisfying 
object of faith is God." (anon.) 



March 18, 1962 | 

Read Scripture: Exodus 3:1-12 " 

Scripture Verse: And when the 
Lord saw that he turned aside to 
see, God called to him out of the 
midst of the bush, and said Moses! 
Moses! And he said. Here am I. Ex- 
odus 3:4. 

Quietly the Almighty God pre- 
pares the way for His next great 
moves in the lives of men and na- 
tions. A great soul like Moses is 
allowed to live in a hard sand-bitten 
land for nigh on to 80 years before 
God quickens this shepherd into be- 
coming a great leader and lawgiver. 
"The Burning Bush" was the means 
used for arousing the interest of 
Moses to go tell Pharaoh, "Let My 
People go!" After a stubborn struggle 
of wills between Jehovah and Pharaoh, 
Israel was allowed to march out of 
Egypt. The passage of the Red Sea, 
the Cloud land Fire, the Manna and 
quail, the thunderings of Sinai and 
the Tables of Law all had their part 
in the march to Canaian. 

The Day's Thought 

"A wise Providence consoles our 
present afflictions by joys borrowed 
from the future." (Hosea Ballou.) 

March 19, 1962 
Read Scripture: I Samuel 3:1-14 

Scripture Verse: And the Lord 
came and stood, and called as at other 
times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Sam- 
uel answered, Speak; for Thy ser- 
vant heareth. I Samuel 3:10. 

It was the fortune of Samuel, the 
ancient judge of Israel to be born 
of a mother who insistently prayed to 
the Lord for a son to cheer her 
married life. When Samuel was born, 
his mother dedicated him to Jehovah 
for a lifetime of service, and in his 
early youth the Lord called on Sam- 
uel to become His messenger to Is- 
rael. His first authoritative message 
was an indictment of Eli and his sons 
as unfaithful servants of the Lord. 

This experience was wonderfully 
important to God's people for it was 
the first direct word to His peo- 
ple for a long period of time. As 
the receiver of this Call from God, 
Samuel became a marked man in the 
Jewish nation land he lived a long 
life of faithfulness to Jehovah and 
His nation. 

The Day's Thought 

"To be the channel through whom 
God chooses to speak to men con- 
fers upon that given individual a 
holy land priceless privilege." 



March 3, 1962 



I'age Seven 



March 20, 1962 
Read Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16 

Scripture Verse: And He grave some, 
apostles, and some, prophets, and 
some, evangelists, and some, pastors 
and teachers. Ephesians 4:11. 

Christian leaders were called into 
the work of the Church with dif- 
ferent special gifts. There were pro- 
claimers of the Gospel, prophets, evan- 
gelists, and some had capacities as 
pastors and administrators and teach- 
ers of Christian truth. In our day, 
with so many ways to preach the 
truth we fail to make use of the 
variety of powers vouchsafed to us by 
the Holy Spirit. We want others to 
do the work. This attitude finally 
resolves itself, in the given Church, 
in throwing the burden upon too few 
workers. 

The fields may be white already 
to harvest but what are we doing 
about gathering it? Jesus said to His 
disciples, "He that reapeth i-eceiveth 
wages and gathereth fruit unto life 
eternal" (John 4:35-36). 

The Day's Thought 

"I preached as never sure to preach 
again, and as a dying man to dying 
men." (Baxter.) 

March 21, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 9:1-16 

Scripture Verse: And he trembling 
and astonished said, Lord, what wilt 
thou have me to do? And the Lord 
said unto him, Arise and go into the 
city, and it shall be told thee what 
thou must do. Acts 9:1. 

The life of St. Paul — from con- 
version to martyrdom — is a definite 
testimony to the truth that one man 
with God is a host. The world to 
which Paul had to witness was largely 
pagan and poverty-ridden. Men and 
women lived in the darkness and 
shadow of death. Then Paul became 
the apostle to the Gentile world. He 
was well-trained in mind, well-estab- 
lislied as a citizen of the Roman 
world, and absolutely convinced that 
God had appeared to him amid a 
brightness brighter than the noonday 
sun. Paul became a mind for the 
Holy Spirit to illumine; a life dedi- 
cated forever to the work of the 
Risen Lord; a voice sounding forth 
the message of salviation. 

The Day's Thought 

"A man to be converted, has to 
give up his will, his ways, and his 
thoughts." (Dwight L. Moody.) 



XL ew s 



Weddings 

GILMER-MILLER. Arden Eugene 
Gilmer and Roberta Ann Miller e.x- 
changed vows in a double ring cere- 
mony read by their pastor, January 
27, 1962, in the Roann First Brethren 
Church. Both are active in the Breth- 
ren Church, and are going to Ash- 
land College for their training for fu- 
ture service in the Lord. 

Hei-bert Gilmer, Pastor. 



Memorials 

BROWER. Mrs. Maggie Brower, 88, 
passed to her eternal reward, Jan. 
25. Was the eldest member of the 
Roann First Brethren Church. Had al- 
ways lived in this community and 
was loved by all. The undersigned 
officiated at last rites. Burial, lOOF 
Cemetery, Roann. 

Herbert Gilmer, Pastor. 



COMING EVENTS 

Roann, Indiana. 

Revival Services — Mar. 11-18 — Rev. 
Donald Rowser, Evangelist; Rev. 
Herbert Gilmer, Pastor. 

New Paris, Indiana. 

Revival Services — Mar. 18-25 — Rev. 
William H. Anderson, Evangelist; 
Rev. Jerry Flora, Pastor. 






Sarasota, Florida. Two new mem- 
bers were received into membership 
recently. 

The Sarasota church has now be- 
gun the holding of two Sunday morn- 
ing worship services in order to pro- 
vide room for those wishing to attend. 

Adrian, Pa. (Brush Valley). Two 

new members were baptized and re- 
ceived into membership on December 
24th. 

Cameron, W. Va. Brother Cecil Bol- 
ton, Jr., writes: "Received one mem- 
ber into the church by letter of trans- 
fer and triune immersion." 

New Paris, Indiana. Brother Jerry 
Flora notes that fifteen people have 
i-eceived recognition cards for com- 
pleting the leadership training course 
on John. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Services on Feb- 
ruary 11th were conducted by a Gos- 
pel Team from Ashland College. Mem- 
bers of Boy Scout troops 33 and 99, 
and their parents, were guests of the 
Nappanee church at this service. 

One new member was received into 
membership of the Nappanee church 
on February 1st. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Mrs. Helen Joi'dan 
was recently elected president of the 
Waterloo Council of Church Women. 
Mrs. Jordan is the General Secretary 
of the Woman's Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church, and for some 
years conducted the "Woman's Cor- 
ner" column of the Evangelist. 



23 Days in Bible Lands 

Yes you get 23 days of actual travel in Bible Lands for only $1285. 

Every day of the 23 will be an adventure in a place where Bible His- 
tory was made. You will see Athens, Corinth, Rome, Jerusalem, Beth- 
lehem, Petra, Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls), and every other major Bi- 
ble site. 

The tour is open to all interested Christians. Ti-avel arrangements 
are made by Mennonite Travel Service and TWA. 

Directors are Charles Munson and George MacDonald. Write to 
Charles Munson, 616 Park Street, Ashland, Ohio, for further information. 
Tour dates — June 18 - July 12, 1962 



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The Brethren Evangelist 





Jerry Grieve 



THE MULVANE Brethren Church 
is realizing the blessings, re- 
sponsibility, and the importance of 
young men and women answering the 
call for Life Work Recruits. 

This year, March 11th is Ministerial 
Recruitment Sunday. With these 
thoughts in mind, as a pastor let me 
share the blessing that I have re- 
ceived as a result of some of our 
young people answering God's call 
as Life Work Recruits. 

Three of our young men are now 
in their second year as pre-seminary 
students at Ashland College. Now, let 
me briefly point out a few items of 
interest concerning these individually. 

Bill Winter was raised on a farm 
near Udall, Kansas (about 10 miles 
from Mulvane) and is a graduate of 
Udall High School. Bill is a member 
of the Men's Gospel Team. Last year, 
during General Conference, he dedi- 
cated his life to mission service. 

Jerry Grieve, a graduate of Mulvane 
High School, is also a Sophomore at 
Ashland College. Jerry has been ac- 
tive in Gospel Team Work at Ash- 
land, and was a real asset to Camp 
Wyandotte, in the Mid-West District 
this past summer. 



Don and Jo Ann Coleman, a young 
married couple from Mulvane, have 
accepted the challenge to further 
prepare for Christian service. They 
are both graduates of Mulvane High 
School. Jo Ann attended Southwestern 
College at Winfield, Kansas, and has 
taken some classes at Ashland. Since 
their arrival in Ashland, there has 
been an addition to their family. Don- 
ald Mark was born in June of 1961. 
This young couple should be a real 
inspiration to other young couples 
who are hesitant to answer God's 
call to Christian service. 

Before attending Ashland College, 
these young people were all active 
in the Brethren Youth Group of the 
Mulvane church. While they are home 
during the summer months, they are 
active in the entire program of the 
church. This includes preaching, teach- 
ing, and youth leaders, as well as 
special music. 

There are other young people in 
the Mulvane Brethren Church who 
have answered the call for Life Work 
Recruits, and have definite plans to 




Bill Win+er 

attend Ashland College and Seminary 
in the future. 

Other Brethren Youth of our church 
are attending colleges within the state 




Don ana jo Ann Coleman 



March 3, 1962 



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of Kansas. Namely, Southwestern 
College in Winfield; Emporia State 
Teacher's College, Emporia; and Kan- 
sas State University, Lawrence; and 
one girl in Nurse's Training in Win- 
field. 



These young people have definite 
Christian convictions and realize the 
need of Christian leadership in their 
chosen vocations. 

We truly praise God for all these 
young people and the stand they have 



taken for the Lord. We are praying 
definitely that God will bless and 
guide them as they prepare for His 
will in their lives. 

Bob Madoski, Pastor. 



CHURCH COUNCIL ASKS 
MINIMUM DRINKING AGE 
BE RAISED 

ALBANY, N. Y. (EP)— Calling up- 
on the legislature here to raise New 
York's minimum legal drinking age 
from 18 to 21, the State Council of 
Churches has declared: "We believe 
we have a deep obligation to the 
youth of our state in this matter, 
and we see no way of meeting this 
obligation except by offering them 
the protection which is already avail- 
able to the youth of all our neigh- 
boring states." 

Through the years, the council has 
repeatedly urged an increase in the 
minimum legal drinking age. Legis- 
lation introduced to achieve this, how- 
ever, usually has been shelved in 
committee. 

While suggesting that a legislative 
committee hold hearings and under- 
take research on the subject this 
year, the council asserted: "We are 
still convinced that this issue is es- 
sentially a moral issue and hence is 
not generally susceptible to statis- 
tical data and the usual results of 
research." 

HALT BIBLE DISTRIBUTION 
IN CALIFORNIA TOWN 

TULARE, Calif. (EP)— The trus- 
tees of the Tulare Union High School 
have adopted the resolution saying 
that no more Bibles or religious lit- 
erature will be distributed in the 
school until the State Supreme Court 
gives a ruling on the issue. 

The action came after the Rev. 
James Maloney and the Rev. Joseph 
Pacheco, both local ministers, with- 
drew requests for permission to dis- 
tribute copies of the Confraternity 
edition of the Bible to school stu- 
dents. 

Last month the board permitted the 
Gideon organization to distribute New 
Testaments at high school assemblies. 

Now the trustees have been advised 
by County Counsel Calvin Baldwin 
that such distribution of the Bible in 
public schools is prohibited by the 
state and federal constitutions. 

Before withdrawing his request, the 
Rev. Maloney told the trustees his 



World Religious News 

in Review 



church firmly believes in separation 
of church and state, but if one group 
is allowed to give out Bibles, then all 
groups should be permitted to do so. 

GERMAN CROWD 
JAMS CHURCH FOR 
FIRST JAZZ SERVICE 

HAMBURG, Germany (EP)— There 
was "standing room only" at the first 
jazz service ever held in a West 
German church. A repeat "perform- 
ance" had to be scheduled. 

Approximately 250 youths packed 
the Protestant parish hall where a 
five-piece jazz band played hymns 
with calypso and blues rhythms. 

Officials considered it such a suc- 
cess they are considering making it 
a permanent feature at the church. 

CUBAN RADIO TELLS 
CHILDREN MAGI WERE 
COMMUNISTS 

KEY WEST, Fla. (EP)— The Three 
Kings of the Christmas story were 
not Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, 
but Karl Marx, Engles and Lenin, 
said a recent Havana Radio broadcast 
to Cuban children. 

The broadcast was aired simul- 
taneously with the presentation of 
gifts which traditionally marks the 
Feast of the Epiphany in Spanish- 
speaking countries. 

The broadcast closed with the 
poem: "Child of the worker, it is 
time you knew what they (the Kings) 
are called. They are Karl Marx, 
Engles and Lenin." 

CATHOLIC PAPERS DEBATE 
KENNEDY ISSUE 

WORCESTER, Mass. (EP)— It all 
began when America, Jesuit weekly, 
criticized President Kennedy for not 
supporting federal aid for parochial 
schools and charged that he had 
taken pains to be photographed with 
non-Catholic religious leaders and 



had also failed to quote the Pope in 
his speeches. 

In a sharp rebuttal, the Catholic 
Free Press, official weekly newspaper 
of the Worcester diocese, accused 
America on judging Mr. Kennedy as 
a Catholic instead of judging him as 
a politician. 

Said the Free Press in an editorial: 
"We have held our breath all during 
Mr. Kennedy's first year in office 
waiting for someone or some publica- 
tion of importance to begin judging 
Mr. Kennedy as a Catholic President. 
Now it has happened." 

"This is not a matter of dogma," 
siaid the Free Press. "This is...no't 
a Protestant-Catholic debate. The 
matter of federal aid to education is 
a political debate. It is a matter of 
justice, not religion." 

Concluded the Free Press editorial: 
"Let's not be petty. There is a Cath- 
olic in the White House, but if he is 
to be judged, let him be judged as 
a politician, not as a Catholic. That's 
the way all of us — including America 
— wanted it during the campaign." 

ASKS QUEEN TO SET 
HOUSING EXAMPLE 

NEW CASTEL-ON-TYNE, Eng- 
land (EP) — "There must .be a great 
deal of spare room in the palace 
(which has about 600 rooms)," writes 
Presbyterian minister William Bar- 
bour in an editorial directe(| at Eng- 
land's Queen Elizabeth. "I know if 
the Queen allowed people in need of 
accommodation to share her house 
many other people would follow suit." 

The Rev. Barbour, writing in his 
church magazine, stressed that he 
was not suggesting the Queen "should 
become a landlady or that she should 
run a bed-and-breakfast service." 

"But letting commoners into the 
palace would not distract from the 
position of royalty at lall," he added. 



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HOW TO HELP YOUR MISSIONARY GROUP 



REMEMBER the old saying: "A 
chain is as strong as its weali- 
est link"? Let us paraphrase it thus: 
"A missionary group (whether its 
name be a Union, Fellowship, or 
Auxiliary) is as strong as its weak- 
est member." 



Do you consider yourself not too 
important to your group — a rather 
weak link? Here then are ten help- 
ful hints just for you. To heed them 
as an individual is to help your mis- 
sionary group, and what organization 



It Isn't the Church — It's You 

If you want to have the kind of a church 

Like the kind of a church you'd like. 
You needn't slip your clothes in a grip 

And start on a long, long hike. 
Y'ou'll only find what you left behind, 

For there's nothing really new. 
It's a knock at yourself when you knock your church; 

It isn't the church — it's you. 

When everything seems to be going wrong, 

And trouble seems everywhere brewing; 
When prayer meeting, young people's meeting, and all, 

Seem simmering slowly — stewing, 
Just take a look at yourself and say, 

"What's the 'use of being blue?" 
Are you doing your "bit" to make things "hit"? 

It isn't the church — it's you. 

It's really strange sometimes, don't you know, 

That things go as well as they do, 
When we think of the little — the very small mite — 

We add to the work of a few. 
We sit, and stand round, and complain of what's done, 

And do very little but foiss. 
Are we bearing our share of the bui-dens to bear? 

It isn't the church- — it's us. 

So. if you want to have the kind of a church 

Like the kind of a church you'd like, 
Put off your guile, and put on your best smile. 

And hike, my brother, just hike, 
To the work in hand that has to be done — 

The work of saving a few. 
It isn't the church that is wrong, my boy; 

It isn't the church — it's you. 

Author uiiknown 



is there that couldn't stand a little 
help ? 

Hint Number One 

Always come to the missionary 
meeting with the attitude — I am go- 
ing to receive some real blessing by 
attending, be it by receiving infor- 
mation about my missionary friends, 
or inspiration from God's Word, or 
fellowship with those of like faith. 
Hint Number Two 

Attend the meetings regularly, not 
just when you are "in the mood." 
It will help if you circle on your 
calendar the date of each monthly 
meeting. Then keep that date as un- 
to the Lord. 

Hint Number Three 

As the date for your missionary 
meeting draws near, use your phone 
or the "face-to-face" method and in- 
vite five or more women to the meet- 
ing. Make a special point of giving 
a friendly and enthusiastic invitation 
to any newcomers in your church. 
Let no one ever say, "They never 
invited me to their meetings." 
Hint Number Four 

PRAY for the elected officers of 
your group — at least pray before the 
monthly meetings convene. Thus you 
will be less inclined to criticize ev- 
ery action taken. 

Hint Number Five 

If you enjoyed the program (and 
you will, if you come for that pur- 
pose), tell the program chairman that 
you did. She will live through the 
shock of a sincere word of praise! 
Hint Number Six 

Accept an office in your group as 
an offer to serve the Lord. One good 
resolution is to adopt the slogan "I'd 
be glad to," if asked to fill a position 
suitable to your talents. 

Hint Number Seven 

Give as generously as you can to 
the financial support of the group. 
However, don't stay at home because 



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you lack funds. Your helpful presence 
encourages more than cold cash. 
Hint Number Eight 

Leave your family burdens and pet 
peeves at home. Relax with other 
missionary-hearted ladies. Let us kill 
once and for all that idea that a 
missionary meeting is just a gossip 
session. We want to hear the latest 
news, yes, but the latest about our 
missionaries. 

Hint Number Nine 

Be on praying ground when you 
come. This is the time and place to 
gather the latest praise and prayer 
requests from your missionaries that 
you can use in your private prayer 
time. 

Hint Number Ten 

After each meeting is over, ap- 
point yourself to serve on the Pro- 
motion Committee and make a spe- 
cial effort to tell some lady who did 
not attend the meeting what a good 
program she missed, and really mean 
it! 

These ten easy-to-follow hints, if 
carried out, will surely help your wo- 
men's group to be more effective as 
an arm of the missionai-y endeavor 
of your church. Furthermore, you will 
profit most in Christian stability and 
usefulness. Like that one in the Bible, 
it may well be said of you, "She hath 
done what she could" (Mark 14:8). 

(These 10 Helpful Hints were sub- 
mitted by Mrs. Cecille Miller, Dan- 
ville, Illinois, and appeared in World 
Vision Magazine.) 



The 
Woman*s 
Corner 

Edi+h Rodkey 



Dear Jane, 

As I sat down at my desk, I looked 
at a wire kitten that holds my let- 
ters and there was your letter peek- 
ing at me and it seemed to be say- 
ing, "I have not been answered." 
I appreciated your letter but had 
to smile when you said you had en- 
closed a goal sheet from your dis- 
trict (and there was not a goal sheet). 
But in a few days the postman 
brought another letter with the goal 
sheet. Your district always does so 



much benevolent work and actual 
sewing for missions. This cannot but 
help to promote more enthusiasm and 
interest. 

I believe all the districts send used 
clothing to both mission points in 
Kentucky and also roll bandages for 
Africa. In our society we always look 
forward to rolling bandages. I think 
it is the good fellowship we enjoy 
that makes the time so enjoyable plus 
the fact the bandages will aid in re- 
lieving suffering. 

Does your society meet together 
to sew Or do each of you do your 
part at home ? 

I think the sewing, the rolling of 
bandages, the packing of clothing and 
even the writing of letters to our 
missionaries, all these things we do 
with our hands are a labor of love. 
Don't you think they make for a 
closer bond between us and our mis- 
sionaries ? 

It is said "The Church is like a 
bank — the more you put into it, the 
more interest you have in it." You 
know Jane, this can be applied to our 
missionaries, too. 

The following two sentences I found 
in my scrapbook — 

"If I refuse to give anything to 
missions this year, I practically cast 
a ballot infavor of the recall of ev- 
ery missionary, both in the home and 
foreign fields." 

"If I give less than heretofore, 
I favor a reduction of the mission- 
ary foi'ces proportionate to my re- 
duced contribution." 

Trust your society is having a good 
year working together. 



TELL HIM SO 

If you hear a kind word spoken 
Of some worthy soul you know, 

It may fill his heart with sunshine 
If you only tell him so. 

If a deed, however humble. 
Helps you on your way to go. 

Seek the one whose hand has helped 
you, 
Seek him out and tell him so! 

If your heart is touched and tender 
Toward a sinner, lost and low. 

It might help him to do better 
If you'd only tell him so! 

Oh, my sisters, oh, my brotiliers. 
As o'er life's rough path you go. 

If God's love has saved and kept you, 
Do not fail to tell men so! 



W. M. S. 



News 



College Corner, Indiana 

After reading the "Help" article 
in the Outlook it was decided that 
it is time for a report from our so- 
ciety. So I would like to report some 
of our activities. 

At the present our W. M. S. has 
a membership of twenty-one, but we 
have a few prospects for new mem- 
bership. At the present we have sev- 
eral in Florida but we get very good 
reports from them in the spring. 

We enjoy meeting in each others' 
homes to hold our monthly meetings. 
We divided into two teams for our 
goals. The losing team is to treat the 
winning team to a picnic dinner at 
the park this summer. 

In May we have our Mother and 
Daughter party which is held at the 
church. 

In December we held an all day 
meeting which we rolled bandages in 
the morning; had a potluck dinner 
at noon and followed by our regular 
meeting. 

We had a very enjoyable fellow- 
ship at the District Rally held in 
October at Huntington. 

We sent a large amount of cloth- 
ing to Kentucky; also money to help 
with the Christmas dinner. We fixed 
baskets of fruits, cookies, candies, etc., 
for shut-ins of our community during 
the Christmas holidays. We are mak- 
ing plans now for our Public Service 
which is scheduled for the last of 
January. Also, we have a committee 
planning a program of entertainment 
at the Flora Home. 

Our society isn't as active as it 
should or could be but we hope that 
our interest in the Lord's work will 
begin to grow much faster. We write 
regularly to the missionaries and en- 
joy hearing from them. 

We missed being an "Honor So- 
ciety" by one goal last year. We are 
all trying harder this year to meet 
all our goals. 

May God bless us and make us a 
bigger and stronger W. M. S. as we 
try to do our best in His work. 

Mrs. David Stout, 
Secretary. 



"Our business is to do God's will 
and God will take care of the busi- 
ness." 



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Conference Inspirational Messages 



EXPLORING THE DEPTHS 



"WHAT IS the cJiief end of man? 
Man's chief end is 'to glorify God, 
and to enjoy him for ever." So be- 
gins one of Protestantism's greatest 
documents, The Westminster Cate- 
chism of the Presbyterian Church. 
Man can fulfill the purpose of his 
creation only when he is in fellowship 
with God. 

I. MAN IN FELLOWSHIP 
WITH GOD 

A. Know God 

Man is a rational creature; he has 
a mind which can know God. To know 
God is to have life eternal. "And 
this is eternal life, that they know 
thee the only ti'ue God, and Jesus 
Christ whom thou hast sent" (Jn. 
17:3). Eternal life is bo'th a quantity 
and a quality of life. It is the life 
shared by the members of the triune 
Godhead and by man when he is in 
fellowsliip with God. The quality is 
the primary thing; the quantity (ev- 
erlastingness) is secondary. Man's 
knowing God is thus a personal shar- 
ing in the life of God Himself; it is 
knowledge enlightened. 

B. Love God 

Man is a moral creature; he has 
a heart which can love God. "God is 
love, amd he who abides in love 
abides in God, and God abides in him" 
(1 Jn. 4:16b). When man is in fel- 
lowship with God he loves Him com- 
pletely and lives in that love. That 
is what John means when he says to 
abide in love is to abide in God. It 
means to remain, to continue, to dwell, 
to spend a lifetime right there. Man's 



chief end as the highest of God's 
creation is to respond to the Creator's 
love by enjoying Him forever. This 
is a burning love, a love enkindled. 

C. Obey God 

Man is a volitional creature; he 
has a will which can obey God. This, 
more than any other thing, separates 
man from the rest of the animate 
creation. As a human he can think, 
he can reason, he can plan — not just 
for now but for the future. This de- 
cision-making ability is to be used 
for the glory of God by obeying Him. 
"If a man loves me, he will keep 
my word" (Jn. 14:23). Obedience is 
the proof of love: if a man loves God 
truly he will obey God fully. This 
happens when man is in fellowship 
with God. 

But a problem arises: as men we 
neither glorify God nor enjoy Him. 
Our minds do not know Him, our 
hearts do not love Him, our wills 
do not obey Him. Why not ? The an- 
swer is starkly simple: we have de- 
clared war on God. 

IL MAN INDEPENDENT 
OP GOD 

"Say the word 'sovereignty,' and 
you are mentioning the most sensi- 
tive word in the language of diplo- 
macy" (David Lawrence, U. S. News 
& World Report, Aug. 14, 1961, p. 
100). "Sovereignty" is also the most 
sensitive word in the language of 
spiritual relationship. The human race 
has allied itself with Satan in an at- 
tempt to overthrow the sovereignty, 
the absolute beneficent rule, of God 



the Creator. We have declai-ed our- 
selves independent. And look at the 
result of our efforts: 

A. Knowledge Darkened into Blind- 
ness 

Start with the garden in Eden. 
Satan promised Adam and Eve that 
if they would side with him their 
eyes would be opened and they would 
be like God. So what happened? 
"The eyes of both were opened, and 
they knew that they were naked; 
and they sewed fig leaves together 
and made themselves aprons" (Gen. 
3:7). No longer were their minds cen- 
tered on God to know Him. They 
themselves had now become the center 
of their attention, and they realized 
to their horror that they were ex- 
posed to the all-consuming holiness 
of God (Deut. 4:24). 

Man's mind has been darkened be- 
cause no longer is he in fellowship 
with God — he is now independent. 
This estrangement may produce a 
yearning for a return to fellowship. 
Job in his agony cried, "Oh, that 
I knew where I might find him, that 
I might come even to his seat!" (Job 
23:3). But Job never discovered God's 
dwelling. 

The full knowledge of God leading 
to life eternal has been darkened 
so much that although men worship, 
they do it in ignorance. The apostle 
Paul, in fellowship with God, walked 
through artistic Athens and rendered 
this verdict: "As I passed along, and 
obsei-ved the objects of your worship, 
I found also an altar with tJiis inscrip- 
tion, 'To an unknown god.' What 



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OF MAN'S NEED FOR GOD 



therefore you worship as untinown, 
this I proclaim to you" (Acts 17:23). 

To the capital of the civilized world 
Paul wrote still more about men's 
knowledge of God. "What can be 
known about God is plain... for God 
has shown it. . .They are without ex- 
cuse; for althougii they knew God 
they did not lionor him as God or give 
thanks to him, but they became fu- 
tile in tlieir thinking and their sense- 
less minds were darkened . . . And since 
they did not see fit to acknowledge 
God, God gave them up to a base 
mind and to improper conduct. . . 
Though they know God's decrees that 
those who do such things deserve to 
die, they not only do them but ap- 
prove those who practice them" (Rom. 
1:19-21, 28, 32). 

Freedom — ^it's wonderful! But when 
it is freedom from God, the mind 
which was created to know God be- 
comes darkened into blindness. Paul 
sums it up in a later letter: "You 
must no longer live as the Gentiles 
do, in the futility of their minds; 
they lare darkened in their under- 
standing, alienated from the life of 
God because of the ignorance that is 
in them, due to their hardness of 
heart" (Eph. 4:17-18). 

B. Love Debased into Selfishness 

Psychologists say that the first 
emotion a baby learns is fear and 
not long after that, anger. This is 
the Biblical order of the human race's 
experience. When Adam and Eve 
turned from God to themselves, what 
then? "They heard the sound of the 
Lord God walking in the garden in 



the cool of the day, and the man 
and his wife hid themselves from the 
presence of the Lord God among the 
trees of the garden. But the Lord 
God called to the man, and said to 
him, 'Where are you?' And he said, 
'I heard the sound of thee in the 
garden, and I was afraid, because I 
was naked; and I hid myself" (Gen. 
3:8-10). Adam, created in God's image 
to reflect God's love, for the first 
time in his life was terrified by his 
maker's footsteps! Fear had entered 
the world. 

Anger soon followed fear, as man's 
love turned into selfishness. Cain and 
Abel attempted to worship God, each 
in his own way. "And the Lord had 
regai'd for Abel and his offering, but 
for Cain and his offering he had no 
regard. So Cain was very angry, and 
his countenance fell" (Gen. 4:4b-5). 
Was God's displeasure caused by 
Cain's use of vegetables for a sacri- 
fice instead of animals ? Not neces- 
sarily. The record says that God no- 
ticed the men themselves and then 
their off'erings. The problem was first 
Gain's heart and second his harvest. 
The fruit of his anger was Abel's 
murder, the outcome of love debased 
into self-centeredness. 

When the last Adam came into the 
world, a scribe asked Him about pri- 
orities. Jesus answered, "The first is, 
'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, 
the Lord is one; and you shall love 
the Lord your God with all your heart, 
and with all your soul, and with all 
your mind, and with all your 
strength.' The second is this, 'You 
shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 



There is no other commandment 
greater than these" (Mk. 12:29-31). 
Life is to be expressed in one word — 
love, self-giving concern for the glory 
of God and our neighbor's good. But 
our independence from God has de- 
based that love into selfishness: we 
love only ourselves. 

Love is the opposite of self-cen- 
teredness. "Love is very patient, very 
kind. Love knows no jealousy; love 
makes no parade, gives itself no airs, 
is never inide, never selfish, never 
irritated, never resentful; love is 
never glad when others go wrong, 
love is gladdened by goodness, always 
slow to expose, always eager to be- 
lieve tlie best, always hopeful, al- 
ways patient" (1 Cor. 13:4-7, IWof- 
fatt). 

God is holy love, and the life of 
man in fellowship with God is wholly 
love. God compels no man's affec- 
tion or worship. But when a man re- 
turns from his independence to fellow- 
ship with his Creator, love binds him 
more closely than any demand. As 
Edward John Oamell has stated it, 
"Love contains its own sense of ob- 
ligation." 

C. Obedience Degraded into Wilful- 
ness 

Go back once again to the begin- 
ning. Man was created with a will 
to obey God. The decision was to be 
his own, and obeying God is the 
natural result of knowing Him and 
loving Him. It is the proof of love. 
But what happened when man de- 
clared his independence? Cain's de- 
scendant Lamech, contrary to the di- 



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vine ordinance of marriage (Gen. 2: 
24), took for himself two wives (Gen. 
4:19). To compound further his re- 
bellion he boasted, "I have slain a 
man for wounding me, a young man 
for striking me. If Cain is avenged 
sevenfold (by God, Gen. 4:14), truly 
Lamech seventy-sevenfold (by him- 
self)" (Gen. 4:23b-24). Flaunting God 



to His face by taking divine matters 
into human hands! This is obedience 
degraded into wilfullness. 

God blessed Abraham because he 
used his will to decide in favor of 
obedience. "By your descendants shall 
all the nations of the earth be blessed, 
because you have obeyed my voice" 
(Gen. 22:18). That blessing continued 



BOOK REVIEWS 

Richard E. Allison 



All books reviewed in this column may be purchased through the Breth 
Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 



Inter- Varsity Press has done much 
to encourage the honest study of 
Scripture. 



SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES (In- 
ter-Varsity Press, 1956, $4.00) is a 
one volume, 560-page study guide for 
the Bible. The general editors are G. 
T. Manley and H. W. Oldham. The 
book provides for daily readings which 
progress through the Scriptures a 
book at a time and section by section. 
Accompanying the readings are pro- 
vocative questions that help the 
reader get at the meaning of the 
passage. Critical notes and cross ref- 
erences aid in the understanding of 
the passage. 

The book provides a three-year sys- 
tematic study course of the Scrip- 
tures which is devotional as well as 
informative and scholarly as well as 
inspirational. The individual study 
sections are marked off into portions 
for each day. This encourages regu- 
larity. The material is not dated, 
therefore it is possible to begin the 
course at anytime. If ncctes are kept 
daily, at the end of three years, one 
has his own commentary on the Bible. 

This book is of value to everyone 
who wants to become better ac- 
quainted with the Bible through per- 
sonal reading. The pastor and Sun- 
day school teacher will find it helpful 
for they are usually concentrated in 
one area of the Scriptures for an ex- 
tended period of time. Then too they 
are likely to spend the majority of 
their study time in familiar portions. 
The course outlined in this book as- 



sures a systematic coverage of the 
Bible every three years. 



THE NEW BIBLE HANDBOOK 

(Inter- Varsity Press, 1959, $4.00) is 

also edited by G. T. Manley. It is 
intended to supplement the above 
volume by providing introductory 
material for the study of each book 
of the Bible. Questions dealing with 
historical background, authorship, 
purpose, message, and critical prob- 
lems receive helpful attention. This 
material is correlated in the compan- 
ion volume. Both books are to be 
commended and consulted for the way 
in which they bring out the relation- 
ship of the Old and the New Testa- 
ments. Although scholarly in detail, 
this book is not just another book 
written from one scholar to another. 

Other areas considered in the scope 
of the book are the following to which 
chapters are devoted: The Text; In- 
spiration and Authority; Canon; Mod- 
ern Criticism; Miracles; Principles of 
Interpretation; The Historical Back- 
ground; The Old Testament Story; 
The Messianic Hope; From Malachi to 
Matthew; The Background of the New 
Testament; The Life of Christ; The 
Teachings of Christ; The Progress 
and Fulness of Doctrine. 

Appendices include material on the 
following subjects: Jewish Customs; 
List of Our Lord's Parables; List of 
Our Lord's Miracles; New Testament 
References to the Old Testament. 

This veritable encyclopedia serves 
adequately as an introduction or as 
a summary to these many areas listed. 
The viewpoint maintained throughout 
is evangelical. 



to Abraham's heirs on a national 
basis: "If you will obey my voice 
and keep my covenant, you shall be 
my own possession among all peo- 
ples" (Ex. 19:5). 

The day oame when God Almighty 
squeezed Himself into the span of a 
human life. Jesus Christ, incarnate 
Son and perfect Man, "humbled him- 
self and became obedient unto death, 
even death on a cross" (Phil. 2:8). 
"Although he was a Son, he learned 
obedience through what he suffered; 
and being made perfect he became 
the source of eternal salvation to 
all who obey him" (Heb. 5:8-9). 

The chief end of man is to glorify 
God and to enjoy Him for ever. In 
fellowship with God this is possible 
with a mind to know Him, a heart to 
love Him, and a. will to obey Him. 
Independent of God it is impossible 
because the mind has been darkened, 
the heart has been debased, tlie will 
has been degraded. Instead of know- 
ing Him we blindly assert our ig- 
norance. Instead of loving Him we 
selfishly love ourselves. Instead of 
obeying Him we wilfully go our own 
way. What hath sin wrought! 

III. MAN IN NEED OF GOD 

"Man distanced from God has not 
lost the powers of his original crea- 
tion; he has lost the true sphere of 
their exercise" (G. Campbell Morgan, 
The Crises of the Christ, p. 35). The 
problem, then, is how to get back to 
God so that we may glorify Him 
and enjoy Him forever in knowledge, 
love, and obedience. 

A. A Prophet to Reveal True Knowl- 
edge 

In answer to man's need God pro- 
vided Moses. His job was to make 
known the truth about the living God 
who is terrible in holiness and gra- 
cious in love (Ex. 34:6-7). Moses 
knew tihat no human being was fit 
for such a task, but God's answer 
to him was, "I will be with your 
mouth" (Ex. 4:15). For forty years 
as a faithful prophet he revealed to 
Israel the true knowledge of God. 
His epitaph reads, "There has not 
arisen a prophet since in Israel like 
Moses, whom the Lord knew face to 
face" (Deut. 34:10). 

God not only provided Moses, He 
also promised a greater Moses. To the 
old lawgiver He said, "I will raise 
up for them a prophet like you from 
among the brethren; and I will put 
my words in his mouth, and he shall 



March 3, 1962 



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speak to them all that I command 
him. And whoever will not give heed 
to my words which he shall speak in 
my name, I myself will require it of 
him" (Deut. 18:18-19). Jeremiah 
looked forward to the final fulfillment 
of those words and wrote, "No longer 
shall each man teach his neighbor and 
each his brother, sraying, 'Know the 
Lord,' for they shall all know me, 
from the least of them to the great- 
est, says the Lord" (Jez-. 31:34a). 

B. A Priest to Represent True Love 

Love of God issues in worship; 
worship, in turn, produces fellowship. 
Therefore in order to return to fel- 
lowship with God, man must worshiii 
God out of pure love. But our love 
is a debased, self-centei-ed love. We 
need a go-between, a spiritual repre- 
sentative. In answer to this need 
God provided Aaron. To Moses He 
said, "You shall appoint Aaron and 
his sons, and they shall attend to their 
priesthood; but if any one else comes 
near, he shall be put to death" (Num. 
3:10). Under the Old Covenant of 
Sinai only a pure Israelite of the tribe 
of Levi of the family of Aaron could 
presume to represent others before 
God in love and worship. 

God not only provided a priest. He 
promised a greater priest after the 
order — ^not of Aaron — of Melchizedek. 
David foresaw this and sang, "The 
Lord says to my lord: 'Sit at my 
right hand, till I make your enemies 
your footstool'. . .The Lord has sworn 
and will not change his mind, 'You 
are a priest for ever after the order 
of Melchizedek'" (Ps. 110:1, 4). Mel- 
chizedek was a priest-king, both 
priest of God most high and king 



of Salem (Gen. 14:18). He appears 
in the Bible story suddenly, with no 
introduction, and disappears just as 
suddenly. For all practical purposes 
he liad no beginning and no end 
(Heb. 7:3). He foreshadowed a great- 
er priest than Aaron, an eternal king- 
priest who would perfectly represent 
man before God in true love. 

C. A King to Rule True Obedience 

A prophet revealed the knowledge 
of God to man's mind; a priest rep- 
resented the love of man's heart to 
God; and a king ruled man's will for 
obedience to God. In answer to man's 
need for a I'uler God provided a shep- 
herd as king: "The Lord has sought 
out a man after his own heart; and 
the Lord has appointed him to be 
prince over his people" (1 Sam. 13: 
14b). As there never was in Israel 
a prophet like Moses, so there never 
was a king like David. Under him 
Israel reached the pinnacle of devo- 
tion to God and obedience to His will. 

God promised for the future a 
greater David, a king whose rule 
would be eternal. He said to David, 
"I will establish the throne of his 
kingdom for ever... Your house and 
your kingdom shall be made sure for 
ever before me; your throne shall be 
established for ever" (2 Sam. 7:13b, 
16). 

Now here is the marvelous thing: 
God has not left man alone in his 
need. Man needs a prophet to reveal 
knowledge — God provides Moses and 
promises a greater Moses. Man needs 
a priest to represent love — God pro- 
vides Aaron and promises a greater 
priest after Melchizedek's likeness. 
Man needs a king to rule obedience 



— God provides David and promises a 
greater David. In every case God has 
taken the initiative to rescue man 
from the tragic outcome of his sin- 
ful independence. As Christians we 
believe that all God's action reached 
its climax, its goal, its epitome in 
Jesus of Nazareth. 

Everything man needs God has pro- 
vided in Jesus Christ. Our minds do 
not know God, so the pei'feet Prophet 
reveals God to us. Our hearts do not 
love God, so the perfect Priest rep- 
resents us to Him. Our wills do not 
obey God, so the perfect King rules 
us as God. The letter to the Hebrews 
sums it up exactly: "In many and 
vai-ious ways God spoke of old to 
our fathers by the prophets; but in 
these last days he has spoken to us 
by a Son (The Prophet) .. .When he 
had made purification for sins (The 
Priest), he sat down at the right 
hand of the Majesty on high (The 
King), having become as much su- 
perior to angels as the name he has 
obtained ('Son') is more excellent 
than theirs ('messengers,' 'servants,' 
'ministering spirits')" (Heb. 1:1-4). 

Because of our sin "God has con- 
signed all men to disobedience." Why? 
That He may damn all in His holi- 
ness? No! "God has consigned all 
men to disobedience, that he may 
have mercy upon all" — in Jesus 
Chi-ist! "0 the depth of the riches and 
wisdom and knowledge of God! How 
unsearchable are his judgments and 
inscrutable his ways!. . .For from him 
and through him and to him are all 
things. To him be glory (the chief 
end of man) forever. Amen" (Rom. 
11:32-36). 

New Paris, Indiana. 



THANK YOU 

Some yeai's ago I knew a man who for some time had 
served as pastor of a certain church. Then he resigned. 
This brought almost a storm of protest from the mem- 
bers and friends of the church, who were profuse in their 
e.xpressions of appreciation for his work. In other words, 
they said, "thank you," many times. This was excellent, 
and I'm not surprised that the pastor said to them, "If 
I had had any idea that you appi-eciated my work so 
much, I don't believe I would have resigned." But it was 
too late; the step already had been taken, and other plans 
had been made. 

We teach our children to say, "thank you," when gifts 
are made to them or kind deeds are done for them. This 
is as it should be. However, not only should children 
express their appreciation to others for their benefac- 
tions, but grown people should do it also. It is not enough 
to have a feeling of gratitude in your heart; you ought 



to express that feeling; you ought to let your friends 
know by word of mouth that you appreciate their kind- 
ness. 

It doesn't cost much to say, "thank you," and yet a 
real "thank you" may mean a great deal to the other 
person. It may come to him just at a time when he needs 
something like that, or save him in some crisis in life. 
We ought to give flowers to the living as well as to the 
dead. God can look into our hearts and know whether 
we have there a feeling of gratitude, but even God likes 
to have us praise Him. He appreciates lip service, thank 
you's that are sincere. How much more, then, must human 
beings appreciate our words of thanksgiving since they 
are unable to know what's in our hearts unless we tell 
them! A thankful attitude is a wonderful thing, but if 
unexpressed it has no value for your human benefactor. 
Thanksgiving is especially a "thank you" time from the 
standpoint of what God has done for us. 

— Sel. 



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Meet Your 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Officers 



REV. JERRY FLORA is pastor of 
our New Paris, Indiana, Breth- 
ren Church, where he has served 
since August, 1960. Before he took 
over the work in New Paris Rev. 
Flora had served two other churches. 
He was pastor of our Fair Haven 
Brethren Church while he was a stu- 
dent at Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary and he was assistant pastor of 
the Pasadena Church of the Brethren 
while he was a student at Fuller 
Theological Seminary. 



Secretary — 

Rev. Jerry Flora 




His education was received in pub- 
lic schools in Pennsylvania, Indiana, 
and Ohio; Ashland College (B.A.); 
Ashland Theological Seminary (B.D.); 
Fuller Theological Seminary (ThM.), 
majoring in New Testament under Dr. 
E. F. Harrison, editor of Baker's Dic- 
tionary of Theology. 

He has been a member of the Am- 
bassador Quartet, President of Na- 
tional Brethren Youth three years and 
a member of the Brethren Youth 
Board during that time. Presently he 
is a member and Education Director 
of the Sunday School Board. He is 
vice moderator of the Indiana District 
and has several other district respon- 
sibilities. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



THE LORD'S SUPPER 

"All things are ready! Come to the feast! 

Come, for the table now is spread; 
Ye famishing, ye weary, come; 

And ye shall be richly fed. 

"All things are ready! Come to the feast! 

Come, take the grace He doth provide: 
A place of honor is reserved 

For you at the IVIaster's side. 

"All things are ready! Come to the feast! 

Leave every care, and worldly strife; 
Come, feast upon the love of God, 

And drink everlasting life." 

ON THE TABLE OF SHOWBREAD were twelve 
loaves (Lev. 5:9), with utensils for eating and 
drinking (Ex. 25:29). This bread, renewed weekly, 



was eaten by the priests (Matt. 12:4). In the church, 
all believers are priests (Rev. 1:6) and have access to 
the "table of the Lord" (1 Cor. 10:21). As the Passover 
and week of unleavened bread were inseparable, so the 
Lord's Supper and the Eucharist should be kept together 
(1 Cor. 5:7, 8). The Love Feast is preceded by the wash- 
ing of the saints' feet because the term "supper being 
ended" (Jn. 13:2) means "now served" in the sense of 
its preparation being concluded. The correct order of 
observance is first, cleansing (Jn. 13:11-15) in prepara- 
tion for the supper, feast of love in fellowship with God 
and man, typical of "the marriage supper of the Lamb" 
(Rev. 19:6-9), concluding with the Eucharist as the me- 
morial of His atonement (1 Cor. 11:26). 

When Jesus ate the "last supper" He was not observ- 
ing the Jewish Passover (John 13:1). He said He de- 
sired to eat it before He suffered but would not (Lu. 
22:14-16). Luke called the upper room meal a supper 
(22:20); Paul called it a supper (1 Cor. 11:25). It is 
true that His disciples made ready the Passover as far 
as the first day of unleavened bread was concerned (Matt. 
26:17-19). Mark says it was the first day of the week 
wherein they sacrificed the passover when they ate in 
the upper room (Mk. 14:12-16). They made the usual 
preparations toward the Passover (Lu. 22:7-13). But the 
paschal lamb was not eaten until twenty-four hours af- 
ter Jesus and His disciples left the upper room (Matt. 
27:62). When Judas left the upper room the Passover 



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was yet future (Jn. 13:29, 30). Those who observed the 
Passover were not to go out of the house until morn- 
ing (Ex. 12:22). It was to be eaten with both shoes on 
and standing (Ex. 12:11). But Jesus and the disciples 
went out to the Garden of Gethseraane at mid-night (Mk. 
14:26). It meant death to eat the Passover at the wrong 
time (Num. 9:10-13). When Jesus was taken into the 
Praetorium the Passover was yet future (Jn. 18:28). The 
customary release of a prisoner preceded the Passover 
(Jn. 18:38-40). Twice more John relates that the day 
of Christ's trials and crucifixion was the day of Prepara- 
tion of the Passover (Jn. 19:14, 31). Because Jesus was 
in the tomb on the Passover Sabbath the women brought 
spices on the first day of the week (Jn. 19:31). The Pass- 
over Lamb was killed in the afternoon at three o'clock, 
at the very hour when Christ died upon the cross (Ex. 
12:6; Mk. 15:34, 37). 

For Paul to seek to correct the abuses in the Corin- 
thian observance of the Lord's Supper meant his endorse- 
ment of the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:20-22). Paul taught 
that it was not to satisfy hunger but it is a spiritual 
symbol of Christian love in fellowship with one another 
and God (vs. 20-24). The Corinthian abuses were cor- 
rected for its proper perpetuation (v. 33). It is an in- 
stitution of our Lord (v. 20). It was observed in the early 
church (2 Pet. 2:13; Jude 12). It is called "the Lord's 
table" (v. 21). It is called "the feast," and we are asked 
to "keep" it (1 Cor. 5:8). 

This sacred meal is a memorial of the love of Christ 
(Jn. 13:1). It symbolizes the love that should character- 
ize His disciples (Jn. 13:35). It is a type of the coming 
supper of the Lamb (Matt. 26:29) where we shall drink 
at His table in His kingdom (Lu. 22:29, 30). Those who 
look forward to the fulfillment of the Lord's supper are 
promised a blessing (Lu. 12:37; Rev. 19:9). 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 



VINCO, PA. 

Greetings to all the Brethren from the "Stone Church 
Built upon the Rock." This has been another wonderful 
year in this portion of God's vineyard. We cannot be- 
gin to list all of the blessings and manifestations of 
God's leading experienced here, but we would like to men- 
tion a few of the "highlights." 

The evangelistic and missionary fervor of the church 
continues at a high pitch. Here is a congregation in 
which we find many folks who visit the unsaved and new- 
comers in the area, seeking to win them to the Lord and 
His Church — n movement still spearheaded by our Lay- 
men's Organization visitation program. Missionai-y in- 
struction has a place in all departments of the Sunday 
School every month. Our missionary budget continues to 
exceed our budget for local expenses. Each week every 



class in the Sunday School gives a special offering to- 
ward the support of the Kenneth Solomon family, and the 
work at Lost Creek, Kentucky. 

It is quite possible that the "new" parsonage here will 
be completely paid for soon. The money for this was bor- 
rowed for a period of ten years. April will mark the third 
anniversary of that loan, and we are aiming at having the 
total amount repaid by that time. We mention this, and 
we could mention other accomplishments of a material 
nature, not so much to stress these material accomplish- 
ments but to point out what can be done when men and 
women take seriously God's instruction 'to bring the tithe 
into the storehouse. We have never known another con- 
gregation in which one could find more tithers than there 
are here. 

In the area of Christian education we feel that sev- 
eral important improvements have been made. Several 
new classes have been organized within the past year, 
the most recent being a new Intermediate class for boys 
and girls in the eighth grade, bringing the total number 
of classes in our Sunday School to twenty-one. We are 
currently engaged in a teacher training program, with 
twenty-two regular attendants enrolled. Many of our 
adult classes have monthly meetings for fellowship, busi- 
ness, and systematic Bible study. 

Our youth program has grown during the past few 
months. Our two Brotherhoods meet monthly with an 
average attendance of 16 and 12; the Junior and Senior 
Sisterhoods have average attendances of 20 and 12 re- 
spectively. Each Sunday evening the two Brethren Youth 
Crusader gi'oups meet with average attendances of 16 
and 20. Through our youth board (composed of all of 
the advisors and sponsors of the six youth organizations) 
we strive to provide a well-rounded program of Bible 
study, missionary instruction, socials, etc., and a quar- 
terly All- Youth Fellowship Hour which is open to all of 
the youth of tlie church whether members of one of the 
regular youth organizations or not. The various groups 
take turns in arranging programs, refreshments, etc. 
These gatherings have proven to be very popular with the 
young people. The Bible is central in all of the planning 
for the various youth groups. 

Our Laymen's Organization is active in the work of 
the church, especially in visitation and making of con- 
tacts. In addition to interesting discussions centering 
about the regular Laymen's topic in the Evangelist the 
men usually have a special Bible study feature of one kind 
or another. The ladies of the church are equally active 
with three W. M. S. organizations, and a Ladies Aid — 
all of which are anxious to promote the work of evan- 
gelization. 

Attendance at, and support of, the regular services 
continues to grow. The past year closed with an average 
attendance in our Sunday School of 285 — out of a total 
enrollment of 323. It is a real thrill to this preacher to 
look out over the congregation on every Sunday morn- 
ing to behold every available seat occupied, and on many 
Sundays to see folding chairs being set up in the rear 
of the sanctuary. Then on Sunday evenings we come back 
to another well-attended service. Our evening services 
include a monthly Sunday School Night; the regular 
auxiliary public services; special emphasis upon the learn- 
ing of new hymns and hearing the stories behind some 



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of the best-loved hymns, etc. Our music committee also 
takes care of having special music at these services. 

January saw us reaching a new high for attendance 
at the evening services with an average of 119 — an in- 
crease of 28 over last January. The worship atmosphere 
of all of our services is greatly enhanced by the fine 
singing of our adult choir and our junior choir on Sun- 
day mornings. 

The Bible occupies a prominent place in all of the ser- 
vices here. Last year a large number of people completed 
the reading of the Old Testament in conjuction with our 
"Book of the Week" reading and preaching program — 
and currently a large number have almost completed the 
reading of the New Testament in conjunction with our 
New Testament "Book of the Week" program. 

Near the close of the past year the church experienced 
one of its greatest thrills when two of our young men 
received a call to the ministry through the congregation. 
Both of these young men are now studying at Ashland 
College — preparing themselves for the ministry of the 
Brethren Church. 

We solicit the prayers of the Brethren everywhere as 
we seek to continue to promote the work and message 
of the Lord Jesus and the Brethren Church in this beau- 
tiful spot in Pennsylvania — and we can assure you that 
the Brethren here are praying for all of your churches 
too. 

Henry Bates, Pastor. 



Thoughts, experiences and ideals are carefully gathered 
and stored there to enhance our lives. Some Christians 
are looked upon almost as doctors because of the heal- 
ing balm of kindness and comfort found in their words. 
Words on our lips are like a display of jewels which 
show the true worth of the soul. However, some are 
want to store up only filth and trash in their chest. On 
occasion they may seem to have beautiful and becoming 
speech but if it be false it is of no more worth than 
pearls of paste passed off for the real thing. The bearer 
becomes known as a person of deceit. 

What we say, the way we talk, will be considered 
when we face the day of final judgment. The idle words 
held against us will not be our clean jokes or our hu- 
mor but the careless things which would have been bet- 
ter left unsaid. 

MATTHEW 26:69-75— The story of Peter's denial of 
our Lord is the story of many Christians having their 
soul ti'ied under temptation. Peter was no doubt very 
sincere when he declared he would defend Jesus to the 
death. He was fearless with a sword in his hand at one 
time and yet trembled before the accusation of a woman 
at another. Not only did he lie, but he swore an oath to 
his lie. How very deceitful is the heart. The crowing 
of the cock was his "trumpet of judgment". He judged 
himself and never again did he so lie. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for March 11, 1962 

TELL THE TRUTH 

Text: Exodus 20:16; Proverbs 12:17; 
Matthew 12:33-37; 26:69-75 

TRUTHFULNESS is one of the primary attributes of 
God. In declaring His nature, Jesus said, "I am 
the truth" (Jn. 14:16). God expects all men to reverence 
truthfulness. In the present world God has made plain 
His dislike of liars (Rom. 1:18) and in the new oi"der 
to come there will be no place for them (Rev. 21:8). 
We know that at times there is very strong temptation 
to lie but at the same time the whole world is in pain 
for want of confidence and unquestionably honest men. 

EXODUS 20:16— The command not to bear false wit- 
ness means more than perjury in court. On this basic 
statement is the command not to spread false rumors, 
slander, lie, and make purposely misleading statements. 

PROVERBS 12:17— What we are at heart is soon re- 
vealed by how we talk and what we say. (Matt. 12:.33, 34). 

MATTHEW 12:35-37— Our hearts are our treasure 
chests. Into them we put such things as we value. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 

A BRAVE PLEDGE 
"I will never forget thy precepts" (Psalm 119:93). 

THE PSALMIST had discovered the end of all per- 
fection, and discovered that God's commandments 
were exceedingly broad, because God's word is settled 
in heaven and His faithfulness reaches out to all gen- 
erations. After he had meditated upon these facts he 
declared, "I will never forget." 

And how often we have declared to ourselves with the 
Psalmist, "I will never forget," but how often we do! 
Someone has said that the "road to heaven is paved 
with good resolutions." And humanity has learned how 
easily good resolutions are dissipated, like the morn- 
ing mist before the sun. 

And out of our experiences we have learned to gird 
up our souls with penitence and courage, and to set our 
souls again toward the "homeland" of the soul, which 
is God. The human soul pays a terrible price when it 
carelessly or willfully forgets. Individual character and 
home life may be wrecked upon the rock of forgetfulness. 
We need God's help to enable us to remember all His 
commandments and His mercies which are literally new 
every morning and fresh every evening. 

"Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. 
And press with vigor on; 
A heavenly i-ace demands thy zeal, 
And an immortal crown." 



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Pagi' Nineteen 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 

THE WORKERS' CONFERENCE 

A WORKERS' CONFERENCE is a meeting where 
Sunday School workers confer with one another 
about problems and ideas, and have an opportunity tc 
fellowship with and gain inspiration from other Sun- 
day School workers. 

It is just as important to a Sunday School Staff as a 
board meeting is to a business corporation, therefore 
every member of the staff should attend regularly. 

A Workers' Conference should be held at least once 
a month so that you can plan your work and work your 
plan together for the advancement of your Sunday School 
in spirituality, growth and evangelism. 

A Workers' Conference has to be more than a business 
meeting. In fact, the business should be taken care of 
before the meeting by the executive committee, so that 
the Conference can be inspirational, meaningful, prac- 
tical and helpful to all. 

Sunday School Workers should realize that the Con- 
fei'ence is an investment of their time, interest, and ideas, 
and that it is Scriptural — Prov. 15:22 — "Without counsel 
purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of coun- 
sellors they are established." 



PURPOSE OF WORKERS' CONFERENCE. 

1. To harmonize the entire program of the Sunday 
School into a well co-ordinated effort. 

2. To promote fellowship among the staff members so- 
cially and spiritually. 

3. To inspire the workers to do a better job with new 
enthusiasm and methods. 

4. To challenge the workers toward a renewed inten- 
sified soul-winning effort. 

5. To assist the workers in formulating new plans for 
the accomplishment of definite goals and achievements. 

6. To help the workers to understand more clearly 
the work of the other departments of the Sunday School, 
thus bringing about better relationships and co-operation. 



SUGGESTIONS FOR WORKERS' CONFERENCE. 

1. Begin and close on time whether there be few or 
many in attendance. 

2. Use outside speakers, but give them a subject that 
will help you in accomplishing one of your aims. 

3. Do not forget the importance of prayer. Make room 
on the agenda for it. 



4. Have your conference well planned. The Bible says, 
"Let all things be done decently and in order." 

5. Have a set night or time each month. A regular 
schedule helps to develop regular habits. 

6. See that the conf«rence is well announced and ad- 
vertised fi'om the pulpit, and that each worker is noti- 
fied by telephone or mail. One worker absent from a 
conference seriously impairs the success and results. 

7. A change in place or location for the conference 
adds interest, variety and spice. 

8. Occasionally, a pupil delegate from each class above 
the Junior classes should be invited to attend a confer- 
ence. It would be best for them to be the class officers. 
It would also be wise to invite a different Church Board 
Member to attend each month. 

9. All workers should be urged to take notes for future 
reference and use. 

10. Don't forget to have the secretary take official min- 
utes. This is important for future reference. 

—from SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRESS. 



KNOW THE WORD OF GOD! 

A knowledge of the Word of God is a strong weapon 
of defense for the Church School teacher. An illustra- 
tion of this occui'red in a new fast-growing Sunday School. 
A class of boys had made life miserable for several 
teachers, who dropped out one by one. Finally a young 
school teacher was challenged to take the class. After 
a week of prayer and study, she entered the classroom 
feeling very definitely that Christ was there with her 
and that she had a lesson to present that would hold 
their interest and challenge them. 

As she closed the door and gave the class a word of 
greeting, to her horror she saw a baby snake dart across 
the floor. Not for one moment did she let the children 
know that she was afraid of all snakes. Calmly she said, 
"Oh, what a pretty snake." Then, motioning to the one 
she detected was the culprit, she said, "Won't you pick 
it up so we all can see it?" After a brief discussion, the 
boy was asked to drop the snake out the window. Then, 
instead of the prepared lesson, this new teacher began 
to talk about snakes or serpents as referred to in the 
Bible. She had them read in Genesis how sin entered 
into the garden. Then, with her open Bible before her, 
she gave a marvelous talk on sin, driving home truths 
which the class won't soon forget. 

It was a sober and quiet class of boys that filed out 
of the classroom, but not until they had expressed the 
wish that she would continue to be their teacher. The 
teacher did not teach her prepared lesson, but she asked 
God to give her wisdom and to be present, and He did 
not fail her. She had won the respect and admiration 
of her boys. 

Angelyn B. Sutherland, in 

HOW TO RUN A SUNDAY SCHOOL 

(Fleming H. Revell Co.) 



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Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 

QUESTIONS . . . OBSERVATIONS 



TO THE MEN OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH: 

How do you like your pastor? How does your 
'pastor like you? How does your congregation 
like its pastor? How does your pastor like his 
congregation? IS YOUR CHURCH MAKING THE 
PROGRESS IT SHOULD? 

Does the answer to any or all of the first four 
questions have any bearing on the answer to the 
fifth ? 

My train of thought in this, the windy month 
of March, may seem a bit blustery but is not in- 
fluenced by the fact that Ash Wednesday begins 
Lent on the 7th, that officially Spring begins 
on the 20th or that the "Ides" have finally caught 
up with me. If it were a bit deeper into the spring- 
time, with the trout-stocked streams of Penn- 
sylvania luring me and my rod, any or all of you 
readers (I'm presuming a bit here, I know) might 
be able to make excuse for me. But here it is, 
the dead of winter as I write, and in the cool, 
calculating mood of one who trusts he has the 
interest of The Kingdom at heart, I ask the above 
questions, knowing that the double page assigned 
to The Brethren Layman, cannot begin to hold 
what might be a proper answer. I do hope to stir 
your thinking, however, on a subject such as, "the 
dismal results from lack of co-operation between 
the laity and the ministry." 

How can one man please everybody? Can he 
be all things to all men, as St. Paul suggests? 
Must he be a "yes-man", weighing his words, 
reactions and answers so well that he eventually 
says nothing, though he may talk a lot? Must 
he be the clever, politician type, who makes hay 



where it counts the most for himself and his po- 
sition ? 

Ministers are not commissioned by God to be 
men-pleasers. This does not imply that he is ex- 
pected to go out of his way to become nasty or 
ill-liked, so he can get a halo for himself as a mar- 
tyr, but it does mean that the pure Gospel should 
be preached by him without fear of reprisal. We 
all, laity and ministry alike, took the New Tes- 
tament as our rule of faith and practice. 

Nothing but a violation of a deep religious 
conviction should keep me from a full co-operation 
with my local church and pastor and the denomi- 
nation. My whims, hurt feelings, imagined slights, 
etc., should find a cemetery before they start in- 
terfering with the work at hand, viz : the advance- 
ment of the kingdom of God through my local 
church. 

Brother, if you're up the "miff tree", come 
down. It's a rotten, age-old bit of timber which 
may break under your weight and give you a 
real fall ; one from which you may never recover. 
Please bear in mind that the beginnings of the 
Christian Church found the disciples "with one 
accord, in one place." 

Let's up and at 'em. Take the time necessary 
to get a good laymen's progi-am into shape, make 
it worth a man's while to come to our meetings, 
attend all the services of the church as far as 
humanly possible and support the WHOLE 
PROGRAM. We should make an honest effort to 
be "workmen that needeth not to be ashamed." 

A PRAYER FOR MY PASTOR 

"Our Father, let me be a pillar of strength to 
help hold him up, and not a thorn in the flesh 



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to sap his strength, nor a burden on his back 
to pull him down. Let me lift his hands without 
placing shackles around them. Let me give him 
my help that he may devote more time in work- 
ing for the salvation of others and less time in 
gratifying my vanity. Let me work for him as 



the pastor of all the members and not compel 
him to spend precious hours in bragging on me. 
Let me be unselfish in what 1 do for him and not 
selfish in demanding that he do more for me. Let 
me strive to serve him and all mankind through 
Christ, my Saviour, Amen." F. S. B. 



The 

President's 

Message 



Isaac B. Litton 



GOOD INTENTIONS 



A FEW MONTHS of the year 1962 have 
■'»■ passed. Many made new year resolutions. 
Most of those resolutions have been broken. In 
a few weeks we enter into the Easter Season, a 
time of year when we seem to draw nearer and 
closer to God. Again we will be moved with good 
intentions. I would like for you to think upon 
this question, "Can you be a true follower of 
Jesus Christ without carrying into effect so far 
as lies in your power, your good intentions?" In 
Luke 9:57 we read where a man was so moved 
by the teaching of Jesus that he said, "Lord, I 
will follow thee withersoever thou goest." He made 
this pledge with no resei'vations. Are you like 
that ? Did you ever in a moment of spiritual stir- 
ring, respond enthusiastically, and then have you 
carried out your good intentions? 

Perhaps at a morning worship service the ser- 
mon reminded you of the gracious love of God; 
you determined in your own mind to be more 
forgiving, to confess your faults, to be more con- 
siderate of others. GOOD INTENTIONS? Have 
you made them actual deeds ? Maybe in the quiet- 
ness of a period of communion with the Lord, 
you vowed that you would be more faithful in 
attendance at church services and that you would 
witness to others about the Saviour. 

Did you intend to give more of yourself to 
the work of the Laymen? Did you intend to put 
into action your talents for the growth of this 
organization ? 

Jesus gave us a parable of the two sons re- 
corded in Matt. 21:28-32. This parable taught 
that it is better to say no, and do, than it is to 
say, and do not. Easy it is when moved by a 
present appeal to the emotions, to make promises. 
But when we go no further, the promises mean 
nothing at all. Vowing and doing are two dif- 



ferent things. To vow is not at all difficult, but 
it is difficult to do what we said we would do. 

"When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not 
to pay it; foi'' he hath no pleasure in fools: pay 
that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that 
thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest 
and not pay" (Eccles. 5:4-5). A vow is a bond, 
a solemn pledge, by which we obligate ourselves 
to do either something we are already supposed 
to do, or some particular thing extra and above 
duty. 

Perform what you have promised. Render unto 
God what you have dedicated to Him. Be as good 
as your word. Do not delay to pay: put not off 
until tomorrow what lies in your power to do to- 
day. Delay slackens and cools the sense of obliga- 
tions and may cause it to evaporate entirely. The 
longer you put off doing, the more difficult you 
will find it to bring yourself to doing. 

Good intentions made into reality bring suc- 
cess and make life worthwhile. 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA 

Ye ed is in receipt of a short missive from brother 
Max Bigler, wherein he gives a rundown of two meetings 
which the laymen group of our Nappanee church held 
recently. Meeting on Nov. 13 and Jan. 8, the meetings 
centered around discussion on pertinent subjects such as 
"comparing the power men have in their hands with the 
power God has in His hands", "how laymen can encour- 
age young men, even other and older men to consider 
the Gospel Ministry," and "money for the state Scholar- 
ship Fund." Dick Best, David Bowers and Max Bigler 
were leaders of these discussions. Refreshments were 
served at each meeting and it was announced that there 
would be a Laymen and Wives supper in February. 



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The Brethren KvangoMst 



Youth 
""Crusaders 



Seniors at West Alex 



SMITHVILLE SNEWS . . . 
NOT SNOOZE 

During the last four months of 1961 
our Senior youth in Smithville had 
some interesting projects. 

Three projects have been for rais- 
ing money to help in the Lord's work. 
First we obtained two large jugs 
and set one at each main entrance 
of our church. We are trying to fill 
each one with rrioney by August. 
Many of the people have contributed 
their change and we hope many more 
will begin dropping their change in 
the jugs. 

Next We decided to have a rummage 
sale. We asked everyone to bring 
their rummage to the church. After 
we sorted everything, we took it to 
a vacant store in Wooster, Ohio and 
had our rummage sale the Saturday 
before Christmas. We did so well that 
we have decided to have another. 

Also our youth presented the 
Christmas Pageant under the direc- 
tion of Rev. and Mrs. Rowser. After 
the program there was an oflfering 
taken which was given to the youth 
to help us toward our goals adopted 
at our general youth conference. 

We ended the year with a New 
Year's Eve party which our youth 
advisors, Don and Doris Dravenstott 
and Ken and Skip Hilty, gave for us. 
The Dravenstott home offered plenty 
of eats and fun for all. 

The youth at Smithville are doing 
their part toward, the Project of this 
year, Wheels for Nigeria and Hands 
for Crusading. How about you ? 
— Pan Godwin, 
cor. secretary. 



Hi THERE 

The young people of the Vinco 
Brethren Youth group have been busy 
raising money for the project and 
working to meet their goals. Of 
course, we always have time for a 
social. 

On January 13, thirty "kids" from 
the Young Teens and Senior groups 
gathered in the Fellowship House for 
an old-fashioned taffy pull. Everyone 
was awfully "stuck-up" for a while 
but nobody seemed to mind. 

In December the District Rally was 
held in our church. 

A month before Christmas we were 
selling napkins to raise money for 
the project. We have been discussing 
a car wash and a bake sale or a 
supper. 

Officers are: president, Dennis Dur- 
bin; secretary, Maxine Bates; treas- 
urer, Nancy Bates; advisors, Mr. & 
Mrs; William Stevens. 





The Brethren Youth in the Senior 
age group of the First Brethren 
Church in West Alexandria, Ohio ex- 
tend their greetings to you in the 
name of our Lord. 

We started our meetings in Sep- 
tember with a "Come-as-you-are 
Party" which was held at the church. 
The fifteen in attendance all had a 
wonderful time and looked forward 
enthusiastically to the year's activi- 
ties. 

The next week at the regular 
meeting, we held our election of of- 
ficers. New officers are as follows: 
president, John Gilbert; vice president, 
Judy Ferguson; secretary, Pat Sweet;' 
treasurer, Kay Masters; historian, 
Pam Sutton; parliamentarian, Charles 
Brixey. In the accompanying picture 
are some of the members that were 
at this business meeting. 

We now are hard at work on our 
goals, under the able guidance of our 
advisors, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Spitler, 
and Rev. E. M. Keck, our pastor. Our 
own prayer meetings and Bible study 
groups meet each Monday evening and 
are currently studying the "Our 
Faith" manual. We sponsored a Girls' 
Gospel Team from Ashland College 
in November and are planning other 
public services during this coming 
year. 

We pray that you will all have 
a lilessed and prosperous year in our 
Lord in Exploring the Depths for 
Him in Service and Love. 

— John Gilbert. 



"STUCK-UP" 



March 3, 1962 



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And Juniors at Lanark 




The Jr. B. Y. C. of the Lanark, Il- 
linois First Brethren Church had their 
first meeting of the year on Septem- 
ber 16 in the basement of the church. 
At the election of officers, Billy Aiken 
was elected president, Darryl Deets 
— vice president, and Karen Rogers 
— secretary-treasurer. 

Although the group is quite small, 
we have been active. Our first activ- 
ity was a skating party at the White 
Pines Roller Rink. Each member in- 
vited a guest. On December 15 we 
had a Christmas party at the home 
of the sponsor. The highlight of the 
evening was designing and making 
our own original Christmas cards to 
send to our missionaries on the for- 
eign field. In the picture, you see 
us decorating a Christmas tree at the 
home of our sponsor. 

On January 21 our group was in 
charge of devotions for the Sunday 
evening church service. Billy Aiken 
led the singing, Darryl Deets read 
the scripture and gave the prayer, 
and the entire group sang a special 
song. 

— Ruth Diffenderfer, 
sponsor. 



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ANNOUNCING ... 

ALL-OHIO YOUTH RETREAT 




Rev. J. Ray Kllngensmith 



For all Junior High youth and up 
. . .APRIL 27-29, 1962. . .co-directors: 
Kev. Jim Black and Rev. Charles 
Bader ... theme : "Going Deeper with 
God". . .featured leader: Rev. J. Ray 
Kllngensmith. 

All this adds up to a youth retreat 
of real spiritual depth plus lots of 



fun, food and activity. Eligible youth 
are urged to come and encourage 
others in their youth groups to at- 
tend this retreat at Camp Bethany. 

Registrations are to be sent no 
later than April 16 to: Dale J. Long, 
treasurer. Youth Board-Ohio Confer- 
ence, 637 Buena Vista Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio. Please include the pre- 
registration fee of $1.00 and the bal- 
ance of the registration fee — $3.00 — 
will be paid upon arrival at the Re- 
ti-eat. 

Be sure to catch the special ses- 
sions with Leader Kllngensmith — 
"Initial Plunge," "E.xploring the 
Depths," "Life in the Depths," "Sur- 
facing," "Oxygen for Life." 

Check- 
All Ohio Youth Retreat 
April 27-29, 1962 
"Going Deeper with God" 
Rev. J. Ray Kllngensmith 
Pre-registration 
Date: April 16 
Fee: $1.00 
Camp Bethany 
Registration — $3.00 
Fun 
Food 
Activities 

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WITNESS IN THE SKY 

by 
Thoburn C. Lyon 



This book consists of devotional talks with a Scriptural basis, for 
different age groups, using the starry heavens as its theme. The Author, 
a cartographic engineer, worked on this manuscript over a 25-year period. 
The astronomical data has been thoroughh- checked. 



Price : paper back — 39t plus 9?^ postage. 

cloth bound — $2.-50 plus 9<- postage. 



Mr. Lyon, an ordained Elder in the Brethren Church, is a member 
of the Brethren Church in Washington, D. C. He has worked as a spe- 
cialist in air charts and navigation since 1927. He is Author of five edi- 
tions of CAB — Practical Air Navigation — and the new commercial edi- 
tion. More than 1,000,000 copies used. 



This book will find a ready use as a guide for devotional talks for 
young people, out under the night sky where some of the celestial objects 
referred to could be pointed out. To other groups — sometimes of young 
people, sometimes of older folks — in more formal church services. The 
book is illustrated. 



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NEW TYPE FACE 

Notice the new type face being used in parts 
of the Evangelist this week? It is known as 
8-point Ionic, and we have it in light face and 
italics. It is believed that the Ionic will give a 
better reading experience on the kind of paper 
now being used in the Evangelist. We welcome 
your comments. 

Prior to this time, all of our publications used 
the Century type, in light face and bold. A fair 
amount of material for Evangelist publication 
was set in type before the introduction of the 
Ionic this week, so this issue, and those for 
several weeks to come will have articles in the 
two type faces. Certain bold face heads will con- 
tinue to be set in the Century. 

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light face and bold, will make its appearance f 
to the Brethren by way of the July-September i 
Bible Class Quarterly, and possibly in some ma- • 
terials in the Evangelist in time to come. 

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our lines of type are set, do wear out — become ( 
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MY DESIRE 

I'd rather have a tender heart 

And treat my fellows kind, 
Meanwhile my Christian love impart 

To bless them, soul and mind. 
Than have the rubies of the earth. 

Her diamonds and her gems. 
But know that I'm of little worth 

In any of her realms. 

I'd rather wear a beggar's shirt 

And have a godly soul, 
And never own a foot of dirt, 

Nor reach a rich man's goal, 
Than be applauded for my wealth, 

Or reach some famous height, 
But know I'm worthless to man's health. 

And to his soul a blight. 

I'd rather pray an humble prayer 

That reaches God on high. 
And have much Christian grace to share 

With those who weep and sigh, 
Then ride the highways of the land 

In luxury and ease, 
And live in pomp and splendor grand. 

But my dear Lord displease. 

— Walter E. Isenhour. 



OUR COVER PICTURE— Don Knight Photo. 



March 10, 1962 



I'utHi I'hree 




A YOUNG CHILD was due to 
have heart surgery. She 
was taken to a city some miles 
away, and there, with the most 
modern equipment and tlie most 
highly-sl^illed surgeon and doc- 
tors, preparations were made. 
It was noted that there would 
be a great need for many pints 
of fresh blood, so an appeal 
was made to the people of her 
own community. Out of the 
many people who volunteered, 
some three dozen were chosen 
to make the trip to the city 
to give of their blood as needed. 

Here was a need. Here was 
concern. Here was love and de- 
votion. Here was response to 
a need. The girl's life was saved, 
but had there been no response 
by those who could give of their 
life-giving blood, she undoubt- 
edly would have died. 

What was the challenge? 
What was the appeal? Why did 
so many people respond? Why 
were those found to have the 
right type of blood so willing to 
travel to the city to donate 
of their blood? An appeal such 
as this, and others like it, seem 
to evoke tremendous responses 
from people. There has to be a 
reason for it. 

We feel the reason lies in the 
fact that here was a need, the 
appeal of which touched the 
heart of the people and they 
dedicated themselves to the task 



of meeting the need. There was 
a life to save and people had 
within themselves the power to 

help save that life. 

A vicious killer attacks a 
young child, and a nation is 
aroused ; the manhunt continues 
until the killer is tracked down. 
Why do people get aroused when 
something like this happens? Is 
it not because of the desire to 
see our land protected against 
such ruthlessness, and to make 
for ourselves a safe place in 
which to live ? 

These examples point out a 
basic trait of human nature — 
that of survival. It takes many 
forms, and calls us to many du- 
ties. But there are several other 
areas in which we feel the peo- 
ple of our land are very lax. 
Apathy and unconcern seem to 
dominate. No amount of warn- 
ing, pleading and statistics seem 
to awaken a response. This at- 
titude affects' not only our na- 
tional life, but it is having a 
dire effect upon our church life. 

Tell people a child needs blood, 
and a community arises. Tell 
them that our governmental 
deficit spending has now raised 
the interest on that debt to 
$10 billion dollars a year with 
no sign of relief, and nothing 
happens. Tell them that this in- 
terest for a year is more than 
it cost to run the entire federal 
government in the year 1939, 
and still nothing happens. 

Tell people a vicious killer is 
loose, and we stay glued to our 
radios and televisions, praying, 



flpathy 
Or 



until word comes that he has 
been apprehended. But tell our 
people that the program of ad- 
vancement in the Brethren 
Church is being endangered by 
a lack of sufficient financial re- 
sponse, and what happens? 

Since last August, it has been 
obvious that the response of the 
Brethren has not kept pace with 
the outreach program which the 
Brethren have called for. Re- 
peated emphasis upon the status 
of our working agencies lias 
seemingly engendered little more 
than a continued case of apathy. 
We believe that the next six 
months is going to be a time 
of decision in the Brethren 
Church. Are we going to arise 
to the need of the hour as God 
wishes for us to do? 

The need is not primarily for 
dollars. Basically, the need is 
for personal dedication to the 
responsibility of Christian wit- 
nessing. Then the dollars will 
come. 

The Brethren Church has nev- 
er had a more challenging pro- 
gram of outreach than it has 
at the present time! Many years 
of planning and preparation have 
gone into the various phases of 
it. Truly it is an open door which 
the Lord has placed before us. 

Let it be said to the credit of 
all the Brethren that when the 
call to meet the need goes forth, 
we will rise up as a dedicated 
body of believers saying that 
the cause of Christ shall not suf- 
fer because we failed to respond. 
W. S. B. 



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REPORTING FROM NIGERIA 

Parf IV 



Kural Development 

The program of loaning money to 
farmers for the purchase of oxen 
and a plow has been well received. 
We granted six new loans in the 
year, bringing the total number of 
loans in effect to forty. 

The collection of loans is always 
a problem in a program of this na- 
ture. Through closer supei-vision and 
more encouragement of the farmers, 
some progress has been made. 

An insurance plan to cover losses 
of oxen by theft and disease has been 
discussed by the farmers. The horns 
of the oxen are now being branded 
to reduce loss by theft. Disease losses 
are still high. 



Seeds are being distributed to 
schools and farmers in an attempt 
to encourage people to improve their 
health by greater variety of foods. 
Some are adding to their income by 
selling garden produce. A program 
to encourage the production of seeds 
has been launched. 

Due to undulant fever all of the 
goats have been slaughtered. Requests 
have been made for a new shipment 
for future work. 

Agriculture to the certificate level 
is being offered in Waka secondary 
school. Each boy is required to work 
on a farm. Farms will allow the ro- 
tation of peanuts, guinea com, green 
vegetables and cotton. Each boy will 



keep chickens, rabbits, and perhaps 
pigs and cattle. 

There is a growing feeling among 
the agricultural missionaries that 
there is a definite need for extension 
work. This would be especially val- 
uable for supervising the trained I 
leadership being developed at Waka i 
and the Bible School. 

At the present time we have only 
one person on the field who is devot- 
ing full time to the rural development 
program. We have many areas of 
concern for this program and believe 
that it can be an important arm 
of the work in Nigeria. We feel that 
the program can be carried out with- 
out much increase in money, but we 
do need additional staff. 



KULP BIBLE SCHOOL — OUR OUTREACH 

by Irven Stern 



EACH YEAR the Bible School 
in Nigeria becomes mobile. It 
does this so the students can have 
opportunity to practice some of 
the things they have learned dur- 
ing the academic year. It helps 
the faculty to keep its teaching 
practical. And, it gives the people 
in the visited churches an oppor- 



tunity for an intensive period of 
evangelism and Bible teaching dur- 
ing one week of the year. 

"Operation Mobile Bible School" 
requires a great deal of detailed 
planning. The Executive Committee 
of the District Church selects the 
fifteen villages in which the five 
teams of students will spend one 



week each, over a period of three 
weeks. Publicity is sent out from 
Kulp Bible School well in advance, 
together with Instructions for 
housing and feeding the team 
members. A period of special prep- 
aration is given the teams before 
they go out. Bible classes, discus- 
sion groups, and classes for women 



.March 10, 1962 



Page Five 



and children carefully planned and 
rehearsed. A specific theme is cho- 
sen for each night. The worship 
service, a flannelgraph or drama, 
and the sermon are all built 
around the chosen theme. Before 
the teams leave the Bible School 
'a captain is chosen in each team 
to be responsible for the work of 
that team. Someone is taught the 
art of lighting and caring for the 
kerosene pressure lamp that will 
be used by each team. Everyone 
knows what specific duties he must 
carry out in the village to which 
his team will go. A portable black- 
board, chalk, eraser, flannelgraphs, 
ipuppets, Tilley lamp, clock, Bibles, 
songbooks, teaching materials and 
a whistle are standard equipment 
for each team. 

The Bible School students and 
teachers travel in the mission truck 
to the places where they will work. 
The students go out in high spir- 
its. When they come together at the 
end of each week they are even 
more excited as they relate to one 
another the things that happened 
to them and the treatment they 
got from their host churches. I 
thought of my college days when 
I was on tour with the a cappella 
choir. 

The teams were enthusiastically 
received. Some of the villages in 
particular showed their welcome 
by the extensive preparations they 
had made. Many places which had 
only small church buildings erected 
huge grass mat shelters for the 
classes. The classes were well at- 
tended and some of the evening 
preaching services were attended 
(by more than one thousand! The 
Itotal attendance for all the even- 
ing preaching services was over 
;22,000. This means that each of 
the 25 students had opportunity to 
Imake a witness for Christ to about 
il,000 people during the tour. 




Posters used in the Stewardship Campaicjn 
for expansion of Kulp Bible ScJiool. 



While the chief aim of the Mo- 
bile Bible School was to give prac- 
tical experience to the students, 
we knew that the village people 
were gaining some real benefits 
as well. Attendance increased at 
the classes and meetings. People 
began to have confidence in dif- 
ferent members of the team and 
came seeking counsel on various 
problems. An example of what hap- 
pened is this incident from Nggwa. 
Nggwa is a village located on a 
high bluff about a mile square. 
Christian work had been started 
there many years before by a man 
who had since grown cold and left 
the way of Christ in exchange for 
the ways of the world. When a 



team opened its work there this 
man came to see what they were 
doing. He returned again and again 
to the classes and the preaching. 
On the last day he stood up be- 
fore all of the people and said 
that the witness of these young 
men had caused him to see that 
he was living in sin and he wanted 
to repent of his many sins before 
all the people. 

As Jesus sent out His disciples 
on preaching missions in the be- 
ginning of the Christian Church 
may the Bible School continue to 
send out its students with the 
Mobile Bible School. May God make 
this experience a blessing to the 
Churches, and to the students. 



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Devotions 



(U'luial Theme for Ihe Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for March — "OF GOD'S CALL" 



Writer for March — PROFESSOR EDWLN BOARDMAN 
March 22nd through 31st — "For Service" 



March 22, 1962 
Read Scripture: Matthew 4:12-22 

Scripture Verse: And He saw two 
other brethren, James the son of 
Zebedee and John, his brother, mend- 
ing their nets and He called them. 
And they immediately left the ship, 
and their father, and followed Him. 
Matthew 4:21-22. 

At least six of the twelve disciples 
of Jesus were fishermen. Their work 
certainly brought out the character- 
istics of courage, steadfastness and 
honest effort. The messengers of Je- 
sus would need these attributes in 
abundance, for they were to win men, 
and violent death was the portion of 
eleven of them. In sei-ving Jesus, 
these men had to leave their earlier 
ways of living and dedicate them- 
selves to heroic and God-directed 
ways of life and service. Christian 
disciples today — all of them, not 
merely missionaries and ministers, are 
called to God's way of life^ service 
and reward. 

The Day's Thought 

"For even thereunto were ye 
called: because Christ also suffered 
for us, leaving us an example, that 
ye should follow His steps." I Peter 
2:21. 

March 23, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 16:6-15 

Scripture Verse: And after he had 
seen the vision, immediately we en- 
deavored to go into Macedonia, as- 
.suredly gathering that the Lord had 
called us for to preach the gospel 
unto them. Acts 16:10. 

When an individual has committed 
his life to the Lord in full surrender, 
an accompaniment of such committal 
is usually an enlarged and challeng- 
ing vision of the work to be done. 
Robert Moffat, pioneer missionary to 
South Africa, addressing a group of 
young men in England, challenged 



them to see as he could see "the 
smoke of a thousand villages in the 
morning sunshine where the Gospel 
had never been lieard." In like man- 
ner, as the full measure of Christ's 
work came to Paul at Troas, in that 
vision of the man of Macedonia cry- 
ing, "Come over into Macedonia and 
help us", the great Apostle reso- 
lutely pushed westward to take Mace- 
donia for Christ. No wonder the 
Macedonian churches of Philippi, 
Thessalonica, and Berea were dear to 
him. 

The Day's Thought 

"There is no life so humble that, 
if it be truly and genuinely human 
and obedient unto God, it may not 
hope to shed some of His light." 
(Phillips Brooks.) 

March 24, 1962 
Read Scripture: Job 14:14-22 

Scripture Verse: Thou shalt call 
and I will answer thee: Thou wilt 
have a desire to the work of thine 
hands. Job 14:1.5. 

Job was called upon to go througn 
deep waters. His three friends saw, 
m the catastrophes and trials that 
came upon Job, the result of evil 
nurtured in his life. These accusa- 
tions stirred Job to the depths of 
his very being and he sturdily re- 
futed the charges. Job, in the 14th 
chapter of his book definitely recog- 
nizes that death doesn't end man's 
mission. Rather, he believes that God 
will call across the Vale of Sheol and 
Job will hear the call and answer 
it. The hope of the resurrection from 
the dead is the shining hope of the 
Christian, and our hearts are com- 
forted by Jesus' words, "In my Fa- 
ther's house are many mansions. . . 
I go to prepare a place for you... 
that where I am there ye may be 
also." (John 14:2-3). 



The Day's Thought 

The God who knows about all the 
tomorrows that will never be, knows 
how to care for those who trust Him 
today. 

March 25, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 9:1-9 

Scripture Verse: Then he called his I 
twelve disciples together, and gave 
them power and authority over all 
devils, and to cure diseases. And he 
sent them to preach the Kingdom of 
God, and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1-2. 

Jesus put His disciples through the 
practical experience of carrying, not 
only the message of power to those i 
who didn't know about God's will t 
and plan for their lives, but also 
the buttressing of the words by the ' 
display of miraculous works on the 
part of the disciples. This miraculous 
power was used so that the door of 
physical blessing was opened for 
those with the capacity to believe in i 
the power of God to heal people in 
body as well as in soul. The use 
of such power by the disciples must 
have thrilled these humble men as 
they clearly recognized that the works 
of God were indeed manifested by 
them. 

The Day's Thought 

"Prayer in faith is the cost of 
spiritual gifts and graces." (H. Clay 
Trumbull.) 

March 26, 1962 
Read Scripture: Acts 1:1-11 

Scripture Verse: Ye shall receive 
power after that the Holy Ghost is 
come upon you and ye shall be wit- 
nesses unto me both in Jerusalem, 
and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and 
unto the uttermost part of the earth. 
Acts 1:8. 

This farewell message of Jesus to 
His disciples at the time of His As- 
cension contains two great words for 
His followers to meditate upon: 

1. "Power": The word used for 
power is "dunamis" which signifies 
"inherent force." English words from 
this root are dynamite, dynamic, dy- 
namo. Holy Ghost power is to be the 
Christian's source of help and achieve- 
ment in the propagation of the Gos- 
pel during this Present Age. 

2. "Witnesses": The Greek word 
used for witnesses is "raarturoi". The 
English word for "marturoi" is mar- 
tyrs and the following thoughts stem 
from this root. A witness knows; a 
witness is one who tells what he 
knows; a witness is willing to lay 



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lown his life for the truth of what 
le knows. 

The Day's Thought 

Let us be forth-right, dependable 
ind power-filled witnesses. 

March 27, 1962 
Read Scripture: Romans 12:1-8 

Scripture Verse: I beseech you 
;herefore, brethren, by the mercies of 
jrod, that ye present your bodies a 
iving sacrifice holy, acceptable unto 
iod, which is your reasonable ser- 
fice. Romans 12:1. 

Full surrender to the will of Christ 
IS Paul saw it in the first Christian 
lentury, puts the emphasis on a liv- 
ng sacrificial type of life and service. 
Many early Christians developed a 
nartyr complex in which the chief 
emphasis was put on "dying" for 
;;hrist. In Christian living in this age 
;here is tremendous need for Chris- 
;ians to accept the standard of Christ- 
ike consecration and actually "live 
is Jesus would have them live." 

If those of us who are living pro- 
'essing Christian lives would translate 
)ur living into the actual doing of 
vhat Jesus would have us do, the 
noral and spiritual climate of our 
;ime would manifest a revolutionary 
;hange which would be world-shak- 
ng. 

The Day's Thought 

"See that you receive Christ with 
ill your heart and seek to live for 
;he greater glory of God." 

March 28, 1962 
iead Scripture: John 12:20-32 

Scripture Verse: If any man serve 
ne, let him follow me; and where 
[ am, there shall also my servant 
)e: if any man serve me, him will 
ny Father honor. John 12:26. 

"Sir, we would see Jesus." This 
was the wish of certain "Greeks" 
who had come to the Feast of the 
Passover. Their request, when it was 
relayed to Jesus, seemed to bi'ing 
jspecial joy and inspiration to the 
Master, and He gave voice to the 
thought that "Except a corn of wheat 
Pall into the ground and die it abid- 
3th alone; but if it die, it bringeth 
forth much fruit." The Lord would 
have His followers so capture His 
Spirit and live His type of life that 
they will adequately represent Him 
to each generation. 

Paul urges us to remember "that 
Christ died for all, that they which 
live should not henceforth live unto 
themselves, but unto Him which died 



for them and rose again (II Corin- 
thians 5:14-15). 

The Day's Thought 

"Patience! have faith and thy 
prayer will be answered." Longfellow. 

March 29, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 10:1-17 

Scripture Verse: After these things 
the Lord appointed other seventy al- 
so and sent them two by two before 
His face into every city and place 
whither He Himself would come. Luke 
10:1. 

Saint Luke records in the Gospel 
of Luke, chapter 9, a series of events 
which illuminate various facets of 
Jesus' ministry: His transfiguration, 
the prophecy of His coming death, 
and certain tests of diseipleship. Then 
Jesus sends a group of seventy dis- 
ciples out two by two to prepare the 
way for His visits to various towns 
and villages. It is one thing to be 
forerunners of a great teacher, or 
a great patriot, or a great ruler, but 
to help make i-eady for the coming 
of the Son of God, the Lord of Glo- 
ry, the Creator, and Savior is an 
opportunity and challenge which ought 
to call forth man's greatest and 
noblest efforts. We, the followers of 
Chi-ist today, have this high office 
conferred on us. May we do our best 
for Him. 

The Day's Thought 

Wanted, Men! All the world calls; 
the Lord calls for Men. Dedicated 
Men; Men filled with Heavenly com- 
passion and a transforming faith. 
Wanted, Men! 

March 30, 1962 
Read Scripture: Luke 9:18-26 

Scripture Verse: And He said to 
them all, If any man will come after 
me, let him deny himself, and take 
up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 
9:23. 

In following Jesus, first things must 
be put first. Jesus certainly treads 
on a way which is narrow and which 
continually causes the follower to 
climb. Such a way calls us to self 
denial and yet our denial is not to 
be merely one of negation — ^a series 
of "thou Shalt nots". Rather, when 
we deny ourself the experience is one 
of "crowding out". One great preach- 
er called the experience "the expulsive 
power of a new affection." When we 
follow Jesus in the way, things for- 
eign to His way of life have no place 
within us. We must take up our 
cross and bear it with steadfastness, 



following with perfect joy the Savior 
and Lord of our life. 

The Day's Thought 

"0 Friend! we never choose the 
better part, until we set the Cross 
up in the heart." 

March 31, 1962 
Read Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20 

Scripture Verse: Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost . . . and 
lo, I am with you always, even unto 
the end of the world. Matt. 28:19-20. 

"To see Matthew 28:19-20 in print 
i:; a reminder that God's Call to His 
people is not just 'reveille' — 'morning 
call', and 'Taps' for 'lights out', but 
His call is a continuous challenge 
morning, noon, and night." Answering 
that call is not just a matter of 
spending an hour or two hours per 
week in a parish church or a cathed- 
ral — where we'll sing some hymns, 
voice a prayer, give heed to a ser- 
mon, or listen to a Sunday School 
lesson. Rather, in the service of Christ 
we will be engaged in a war against 
evil which will demand the best we 
can give in the dedicated stewardship 
of time, talent, and treasure. 
The Day's Thought 

The mission of giving the Gospel 
to the whole world of men is still 
the greatest business of the Christian 
church in the world. 



Memorials 



YODER. Ray S. Yoder, 75, of Elk- 
hart, Ind., died at his home, Feb. 
11. Was a member of the Elkhart 
Brethren Church. Survived by his 
wife and two sons. Services at the 
church by the undersigned and 
former pastor, Rev. J. Ray Klingen- 
smith, through whose ministry Mr. 
Yoder was brought to the Lord. 
J. Milton Bowman, Pastor. 



PASTOR DESIRED 
The Cerro Gordo Brethren Church 
is in need of a pastor as of February 
15th. Interested ministers please cor- 
respond with Simeon Stogsdill, Cerro 
Gordo, Illinois, Chairman of the Pul- 
pit Committee. 

Mrs. Gladys L. Snoke, Secretary, 

Pulpit Committee, 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 



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The Brethren Evaiigeli; 



DEDICATION 
SERVICES 

at 
PLEASANT 

VIEW 
BRETHREN 




DECEMBER 31, 1961, the Pleasant 
View Brethren congregation at 
Vandergrift, Pa., dedicated their re- 
cently completed edifice unto the ser- 
vice of the Lord. 

The Brethren Church at Vander- 
grift was organized August 4, 1901, 



with services held in the Town Hall 
on Vandergrift Heights. The congre- 
gation purcliased a property in North 
Vandergrift, November 4, 1911, and 
in the following year an edifice was 
erected at a total cost of $1,500. 
The small group of believers took the 




Dedication Officials (I.-r.) : Charles Lowmaster, Jr., 

Henry Bates, James Naff, Frank Biizard, Percy Miller. 

Also pictured is the 17- voice choir. 



name "The North Vandergrift Breth- 1 
ren Church" and November 10, 1912, i 
dedicated the new frame sanctuary. ) 

During the pastorate of Rev. Percy : 
Miller, who resigned in 1948, grow- 
ing pains showed the necessity of a 
larger building. The organizational i 
wheels were set in motion and a i 
property was purchased in Pleasant i 
View, there being no room for expan- 
sion on the North Vandergrift prop- 
erty. In 1952, while Rev. Paul M. Naff 1 
was pastor, the basement unit was ! 
built and the North Vandergrift prop- 
erty was sold. The superstructure shell 
was added in 1959 with interior ap- 
pointments added in 1961 during the i 
pastorate of Rev. James Naff. 

The service of dedication began in 
the basement where services had been 
held for 9 years. The congregation 
marched up the stairs, the keys of 
the building were presented by Con- 
tractor Robert Muffley to Trustee 
Charles Lowmaster, Sr. Prayer was 
offered by Charter Member, Frank 
Buzard. 

The procession entered the sanc- 
tuary and was seated. Rev. Henry 
Bates of the Vinco Brethren Church 
read Exodus 40:31-38, I Kings 8:12- 
30, and Acts 2:41-47. Rev. Charles 
Lowmaster, Jr., of the Johnstown II 



March ]0, 1962 



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The Sanctuary. Openings to left and right are closed 

off by accordion pleated doors between thera and 

pull-down wooden doors on auditorium side. 



Brethren Church, led in the Prayer 
of Dedication. The 17-voice choir of 
the Pleasant View Brethren Church 
directed by Mr. Joseph Mango sang 
a triple song medley very beautifully. 
The dedicatory message, "The Mis- 
sion of the Church", was brought in 
authoritative manner by Rev. 
Percy Miller of the Hillcrest Breth- 
ren Church, Dayton, Ohio. He used 
Isaiah 6 for his theme. 

The new structure is located in a 
'rurban" or rural-urban section north 
of Vandergrift on State Route 66. 
It is of brick construction in a pre- 
World War II architecture. The plant 
built on a modified Akron plan 
with overflow Sunday School space 
plus com-pletely enclosed classrooms 
elsewhere. A beautiful wood paneled 
office is also included. The auditorium, 
with overflow, will seat 250. It is fin- 
ished in a "sand" shade with natural 
oak furniture and asphalt tile floors. 
A beautiful piano and Lowery Church 
Organ were purchased by the ladies 
of the church. 

Since dedication of the new plant 
and the institution of Gospel Light 
Graded materials, attendance has in- 
creased by a little better than one- 
half overall. The primary department 
nearly doubled. Much of this is due 



to better regularity, although sev- 
eral new families have swelled the 
rolls. Sunday Evening attendance al- 
so has increased by about one-half. 
These figures being conservative, it 
is easy to see how added space and 
upgraded materials can build the 
Church and its school. By visitation 
projects in the near future we know 



even more new families can be brought 
in to hear the Gospel. 

We, of the Pleasant View Breth- 
ren Church, praise the Lord for His 
abundant mercy in enabling us to pro- 
vide such a facility for the worship 
of the people in our area. 

James Naff, Pastor 




Final ser\ ice in the basement w here the group 
worshipped for nine years. 



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A Recruitment Sunday Sermon 



THE FOOLISHNESS 



"It pleased God by the foolishness 
of preaching to save them that be- 
lieve." 



ABOUT THIRTY YEARS ago I 
read an article in one of the 
popular magazines that interested me 
very much. The subject of it was 
somezhing like this: "Is tliere any 
longer any need of preaching?" The 
writer of this article acknowledged 
that in past times, the preacher and 
preaching had served a more or less 
useful purpose. When books were 
scarce and people were not highly 
educated as at present, the pulpit 
served as sort of a public educator, 
but now school books and papers 
were so abundant, that there was 
not much, if any, need of preaching 
from that point of view. With the 
radio and television of today the 
author would probably be able to 
make 'an even better case. 

You may think that the author of 
this article was an irreligious man, 
but not so according to his state- 
ment. He acknowledged that men 
were religious by nature and that re- 
ligion serves its right and proper 
place in human life. But his point 
was that as a race, we are getting 
far enough along so that we do not 
need preaching. "There are plenty 
of good books on religious subjects," 
he said. "There are plenty of good 
Bible commenbaries and one can or- 
dinarily get more out of them by 
reading them for themselves than to 
have the preacher expound them to 
the people," he continued. Then he 
closed his article by casting at the 
preacher — that they were not, as a 
class, especially noted for their wis- 
dom, or learning; in fact, he con- 
sidered them rather an inferior class 
of nien. As you may imagine, I found 
this rather an interesting article and 
it set me to thinking. 



Among the first things that oc- 
curred to my mind was that this 
was not a new criticism. Other such 
articles and criticisms have appeared 
at more or less frequent intervals. 
In fact that was the case at the be- 
ginning. If you had asked the great 
majority of the people in Christ's 
time about His preaching, they would 
have called it foolishness and they 
showed by their words and acts tliat 
they had no need of Him, or thought 
they did not, so they crucified Him. 

Paul met the same kind of criti- 
cism during his ministry, and it seems 
especially so at Corinth. Corinth stood 
in about the same relation to the 
Greek world then that New York City 
or Paris holds to the world in these 
days. It was a center of refinement 
and culture next at least to Athens. 
It was wealthy and had great com- 
mercial enterprises. The fashions 
originated there much as they do in 
New York and Paris now. It was 
the center of the pleasure-loving peo- 
ple. 

Into this kind of an atmosphere 
Paul came, preaching the simple gos- 
pel of Jesus — a gospel of self-sur- 
render, of forgiveness, and of love 
to God and to fellowmen. You can 
imagine, I am sure, how such a com- 
munity as Corinth would receive such 
a message. To them it seemed the 
rankest kind of foolishness, and it 
seems they did not hesitate to tell 
Paul so. But Paul was not easily 
discouraged. He kept right ahead 
preaching, with the result that a 
church was established, which be- 
came a flourishing and strong church. 
Some years afterward he wrote this 
letter to them, but he still remembered 
how he had been told that there 
was no need of him or his preach- 
ing there and that it was all foolish- 
ness. So he writes, "It was God's 
good pleasure through the foolish- 
ness of preaching to save them that 
believed." 



There is probably no one wlio feels 
more keenly the fact, or knows more 
truly the truth that there is a side 
in whicli it does seem foolish to 
preach, as the ministers themselves. 
We would say vi^ith Paul, "Yes, I 
know it is foolishness to preach, but 
..." It certainly is true that from 
one viewpoint it does look like the 
rankest kind of foolishness to preach. 
And especially when the preacher is 
tired, is he inclined to fall into tliis 
viewpoint. 

The educated and trained minister 
will prepare himself for work by 
several years' preparation beyond the 
common school or high school where 
the majority of people stop. And 
while the rest of the people are busy 
making money and buying houses and 
lands and cattle and machinery, and 
are growing wealthy, he is busy 
training himself so that he can 
preach acceptably. Then, when he 
gets out, he often, generally I may 
say, finds that those who are abun- 
dantly able, dally with him about 
giving him a support that will enable 
him to live in reasonable comfort, 
educate his children, and free his mind 
so that he can give himself wholly 
to his ministry. Then it is that preach- 
ers are tempted to say that preaching 
is foolishness. 

Or, he finds in his church mem- 
bership some good sister, who prob- 
ably has scarcely more education than 
to know how to read and write, who 
never studied theology a day in her 
life and probably did not know that 
there was such a thing published as 
a book of theology. Yet she will 
think she- knows more about theology 
than a dozen ministers, all of whom 
have taken a full theology course. 
Then he will feel like saying again, 
"It is foolishness to preach." 

Perhaps he will find in his member- 
ship some good brother, good morally 
and well-meaning and all that, but 
a man who has always lived in his 



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Of PREACHING 



own little community and is ac- 
quainted with the problems of no 
other churoh than his own, and, as 
is natural in such a case, he gets 
in a rut. And he finds that this 
brother thinks he knows more about 
how a church ought to be managed 
'than all the theology professors put 
together. And he insists that he is 
right, though his stand may be the 
exact opposite of everything that the 
minister was taught in the seminary. 
Then again the minister feels like say- 
ing, "It is foolishness to preach any- 
way, or at least it is foolish to make 
any preparation for it." 

Or once again, and this is the 
worst of all, he will sweat and labor 
and think and pray and study and 
wi'ite over his sermons until he feels 
he has a message straight from God. 
He goes into the pulpit with every 
ner\'e tingling to deliver his mes- 
sage but he finds that instead of 
thinking his message from God, they 
seem to think it from some place 
else. For they do not give him their 
attention, but gaze about bhem, smil- 
ing at the babies, and perhaps some 
of them are so disinterested that they 
quietly go to sleep. 

Sometimes when he has thought 
he has made an impression with some 
great truth that he felt was the spir- 
itual life or death to many, perhaps 
he will find, when during the week he 
gets out to visit among the peo- 
ple that a great many missed the 
point he was trying to drive at, some 
misunderstood his thought, and 
others as soon as they got outside 
the door attacked with bitter de- 
structive criticism. Then it is that 
he goes home, throws himself down 
upon the couch and wishes, like Jo- 
nah, that he might die, for it is 
foolishness, all foolishness to preach 
anyway and he is making a miser- 
able failure out of life, throwing it 
away when he might be doing some- 
thing more worthwhile. 



I say there is none who probably 
realizes the foolishness of preaching 
more than the minister himself. 

When I was in Teacher's College 
at Peru, Nebraska, I read a text- 
book on Sociology. One chapter dis- 
cussed the value and effect of preach- 
ing and of public speaking in gen- 
eral. I think I am correct in saying 
that the author was not professing 
Christianity — at least he looks at the 
matter from a purely scientific point 
of view without letting his feelings 
influence him in any way. 

I was interested, and I know you 
will be, in the conclusion he came 
to. It was this: "About one-half of 
the preaching and public speaking is 
wasted — makes no impi'ession on 
those hearing it — but the other half 
takes tremendous effect." Every 
other word is wasted, half of each 
sermon finds no response, every other 
sermon does no good, BUT THE 
OTHER HALF TAKES TREMEN- 
DOUS EFFECT. 

Do you blame a minister for some- 
times feeling discouraged when half 
of his work goes for nothing? But 
on the other hand he ought to be 
encouraged, for it certainly is true 
that the other half does take tre- 
mendous effect. 

I was interested in comparing what 
this man said with the Parable of the 
Sower. In that parable we learn that 
some seed fell by the wayside, some 
on stony ground, some where the 
thorns soon choked out life, and some 
on good ground. If we are safe in 
judging that the seeds that fell on 
these different places were about 
equal, knowing what we do about 
their methods of farming in those 
days, I think we are safe in mak- 
ing the statement, that Jesus, instead 
of counting on one-half taking effect, 
counted only on one-fourth. It was 
only that amount that fell on good 
ground. 



I am inclined to think that this 
writer on Sociology was nearly right 
in his estimate that half of the 
preaching is wasted, and thus it is 
foolishness to preach that much any- 
way. But on the other hand the other 
half does take tremendous effect. 
When someone goes out pressing the 
minister's hand, and does not use 
some of those cheap compliments 
which the minister knows — and they 
know are meaningless — but presses 
his hand and says, "That helped me," 
or something like that — the minister 
knows hy the way he says it that 
he means it. THEN HE KNOWS IT 
IS NOT FOOLISHNESS TO 
PREACH. 

Or, when something he may have 
said in his sermon may have thrust 
through the soul of some guilty per- 
son and they turn from sin — then he 
realizes IT IS NOT FOOLISHNESS 
TO PREACH, BUT IT IS THE 
POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION. 
Then occasionally there comes to a 
few men that which is the supreme 
joy of a minister's life. He is per- 
mitted to stay long enough on a field 
until he sees the young people grow 
up from childhood to youth and then 
to manhood and womanhood under 
his influence; and where the older 
people give him their co-operation 
and they are influenced by his life 
and words; and he sees the church, 
and through the church the com- 
munity, influenced in a measure at 
least. THEN, THEN, THEN HE 
KNOWS THAT IT IS NOT FOOL- 
ISHNESS TO PREACH— IT IS NOT 
A WASTE OF TIME AND TALENT 
TO PREACH, BUT IT IS THE 
POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVA- 
TION. 

Paul plants and Apollos waters, but 
the Lord giveth the increase. Yes, 
in one sense it is foolishness to 
preach, but on the other hand it is 
the power of God to save them that 
believe. Muncie, Indiana. 



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OutftooiiZ' 



Topics for April 



THE CALL AND THE YOUNG PERSON 

PAUL DAVID STEINER, Pre Seminary Student 
Ashland College 



"BE STILL and know that I am 
God" (Psalm 46:10). Not until we 
are willing to become still in the 
sight of God can we have a rela- 
tionship with Jesus Christ in our ov\ni 
life. This must take place in any- 
one's life before one can become of 
service to the Lord. 

The Lord calls in many different 
ways, places and times in a person's 
life. When I was in high school I 
really had no desire to further my 
education, but the Lord changed all 
this three and one-half years later. 
I was not ready to face college, so 
I chose a job of my interest and went 
to work as a carpenter. Now I thank 
God for my experience of working 
and saving for those four years. I 
now know a little about life as it 
does exist. I gave Him the oppor- 
tunity to speak to me and I find 
college life easier because He is 
helping me. 

The call in my life cannot be ex- 
plained in a few words or as to one 
occasion. All I can say is when He 
calls you, you should have no doubts. 
Remember the words of Christ in 
John 15:16, "Ye have not chosen me, 
but I have chosen you and ordained 
you." 

"The Lord does not choose the fit, 
He fits who He chooses." This was 
given to the Bible class at college 
and I can now see in my own life 
how He has fitted me. When I worked 



in summer camps giving my personal 
testimony of what Jesus Christ meant 
to me. He became as a living person- 
ality. Those youngsters to whom I 
was witnessing gave me new joy when 
I saw them stand up for Christ. When 
I heard the scriptures expounded at 
college by Professor Munson I found 
new depths about God's truth. I found 
a greater personal relationship with 
my God each day. When I gave my 
witness about Christ to fellow stu- 
dents, it was only a Christian's part 
in sharing the joy of Christ. 

At college I had to become aware 
that I was only a human being and 
so were the other students. God's 
Word may have meant more to me 
than to someone else, but that gave 
me no right to pass judgment upon 
them. I must try to better my own 
faults because I must be a living 
example, not a critic. I must have 
love for each soul and pray that my 
relationship with Christ might draw 
them into a relationship with the 
Master. 

The young person must take action 
for Jesus Christ. This is probably the 
hardest of any of the tasks a Chris- 
tian must do. Action involves move- 
ment toward the goal of winning souls 
for Jesus Christ. Dedication must be- 
gin this process. One must be con- 
cerned for others and draw these peo- 
ple closer to His fellowship. Prayer 
and Bible study will complete the 



direction to the proper action. GOD, 
the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT can 
accomplish all things if we yield com- 
pletely. Paul says, "I can do all 
things through Christ which strength- 
eneth me" (Philippians 4:13). We 
can go forward with Christ forget- 
ting our own losses, for we remem- 
ber these words, "But what things 
were gain to me, those I counted loss 
for Christ" (Philippians 3:7). 

This is an excellent motto for the 
Christian and means very much in 
my union with Christ. 

Coming together is Beginning 
Keeping together is Progress 
Working together is Unity 
Thinking together is Success. 
This was taken from a recent Sun- 
shine Magazine and has a deep mean- 
ing if one thinks of Christ as he reads 
each line. There are many short 
mottos, poems and hymns that draw 
me into the fellowship of Christ. 

One such hymn that I often recall 
to my mind when tired, distressed, or 
lonely is "In Times Like These." It 
says, "In times like these you need 
a Savior, in times like these you need 
an anchor." It makes me glad that 
I now know that I have my Savior 
and that He will anchor my faith with 
Him. Here and everywhere I find my 
God. If you have trouble finding your 
God, "BE STILL"— and remember 
these words: "For me to live is Christ, 
and to die is gain" (Philippians 2:21). 



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"For we walk by faith, not by sight" 
(II Corinthians 5:7). 

What more couM God liave pro- 
vided for me to be content? In the 
Gospel according to St. John, Jesus 
says in the fourteenth chapter, "Let 
not your heart be troubled; ye believe 
in God, believe also in me. In my 
Father's house are many mansions; 
if it were not so, I would have told 
you. I go to prepare a place for you." 
That place is for you and for me 



when we yield completely to Him in 
Christian service. 

A life centered in Cliristian service 
is like a straight road that leads un- 
erringly to its destination. I find con- 
tentment, love, and happiness when 
I spend my life for that which will 
outlast it, and when my values are 
true. For now I know that I am 
journeying on a long straight road — 
and no one gets lost on a straight 
road. "And the Lord shall guide thee 



continually, and satisfy thy soul" 
(Isaiah 58:11). 

No one is a better guide than the 
Lord Jesus Christ. When He guides 
us, we become humble and useful to 
the Master. May we in closing always 
carry these words in our hearts. "And 
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do 
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God the Father 
through him" (Colossians 3:17). 



THE CALL OF THE LORD TO OLDER MEN 

RICHARD GODWIN, Pastoral Orientation 
Student, Ashland College and Seminary 



POSSIBLY a better title for this 
ai-ticle would be "The Answer of 
Older Men to the Call of the Lord." 
But since we are prone to think in 
terms of the present title it is the 
one used. 

In reality the emphasis should not 
be put upon the call of God but on 
the answer of man. God is eternal. 
He does not change. His call does 
not change. All through the pages 
of the Bible, from Genesis through 
Revelation, God's call remains un- 
changed. In Genesis 3:8-10 we have 
the first reference to the Lord's ac- 
tion after man's fall in the Garden 
of Eden. In this record we see Him 
seeking and calling man unto Him- 
self. In the same reference we see 
man hiding from the presence of the 
Lord. This picture of the Lord call- 
ing and man hiding has passed down 
through the ages of history to our 
present time where it lias the same 
application as in the beginning. With- 
out regard to age, sex, color or na- 
tionality, God is calling the prize of 
His creation to worship, obedience 
and service unto Him. Without re- 
spect of persons He is calling all 
to fellowship with Him. 

Consequently, the issue of concern 
is., at what point in our lives do 



We answer His call or if we answer 
at all. In the call referred to in 
Genesis we find that the Lord did 
not act or speak in any other way 
e.xcept to call, until man answered. 
The responsibility is upon man to an- 
swer and not upon God to call. 

Shortly after I entered Seminary 
one of my pz'ofessors made a state- 
ment which I feel embodies the es- 
sential truth of the "Call of God." 
He said, "We don't need to be called 
to serve God. We need to be called 
to not serve God." 

When we are planning the social 
and vocational pathway our life here 
on earth is to follow we should not 
consider that the world is our des- 
tiny unless God gives us some super- 
natural vision calling us to service. 
Rather, we should consider God's 
claim on our life first and then feel 
the call to other paths of life as a 
i-esult of the conviction that God has 
not called us to full-time service, but 
only to a service of a layman. God's 
call may vary in degrees but He 
issues a call to every individual. Be- 
cause we do not see "God's call" in 
its true light we have what is known 
as the "call of the Lord to older men." 

Whether His call is for a piano 
player or a foreign missionary, the 



answer is what is important. The 
attitude with which the call is an- 
swered is also very important. This 
is true in any aspect of Christian 
life also. 

There seems to be something with- 
in man that makes him feel good 
when he thinks he is sacrificing some- 
thing. He seems to think that when 
he gives, he is doing sometliing noble. 
Because of this most of us Christians 
like to be martyrs without really suf- 
fering martyrdom. We need to re- 
member that a true martyr does not 
give himself for the glory of tlie act. 
He gives himself in the normal 
process of service. 

When one answers the call of God 
upon his life and upon his posses- 
sions he needs to be aware that he 
is not giving God anything that didn't 
belong to Him in the first place. 
When the older man answers the 
"call" he is giving nothing to God 
except what is left of the life that 
belonged to God in the beginning. 
Our lives, our time, our talents and 
our possessions are all things which 
God has loaned to us for a while to 
see what we will do with them. 

Whether it is the tithe which we 
drop in the offering plate as it passes 
or our life that we offer when the 



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invitation is given, we are not sac- 
rificing but only returning to tlie 
Lord what is rightfully His. Sacri- 
fice does not please God. Jeremiah 
6:20 states, "Your burnt offerings 
are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices 
sweet unto me." 

There is a saying that most of 
us have heard. It says, in effect, you 
can't change horses in the middle of 
the stream. How grateful we should 
be that this does not liold true for 
the Christian. For with God to bear 
us up, we can change horses in the 
midst of this stream of life. While 
changing from one of Satan's frail 
mounts to a great steed of the Lord, 
God will keep us from sinking, re- 
gardless of how difficult the trans- 
fer may be. The experience out there 
amidst the wind and waves and the 
current of the river does cause God's 
call and His word to make a deep 
imprint upon the heart of the older 
man when he answers. He truly sees 
the futility of his own efforts and 
the surety of God's working. The 
older man sees himself completely de- 
pendent upon God and, in addition, 
he sees that the only true purpose 
in life is found in God's service. 

Dependency upon God is impor- 
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be another reason why the call is 
not answered until later in life. As a 
young child of God the need to serve 
Him might be felt without having 
a full understanding of the need for 
dependence upon God. Feeling the 
need to have the gospel spread the 
individual might attempt to perform 
the great work himself without tak- 
ing the time for preparation and with- 
out depending on the Lord to per- 
form the work through him. Then 
with disappointment from the result- 
ant failure of human ability he turns 
to a worldly vocation; leaving the 
Lord's work to someone else. But 
if this same individual would have 
given God time to prepare him and 
prepare the way ahead, he could have 
been a useful vessel long before re- 
alizing the facts in later years. 

Although one could not attempt to 
deal with the life of Moses in this 
short article, his life is a very good 
illustration of the call of the Lord 
to an older man. I think just a few 
of the significant points of IVIoses' 
life will reveal the message to us. 

As a young man Moses felt the 
call to deliver God's people. He acted 
upon human wisdom which resulted 
in his being driven from his peo- 
ple altogether. Because of failure he 



t 



took up a vocational life as a shep- 
herd for several years. Then he met 
with a burning bush. The burning 
desire to serve God and help His 
people was still in him. The call 
of God was still being whispered in 
his ear. Finally he examined his life 
in the light of God's purposes. God 
showed him that his staff, which was 
a symbol of his vocation, was really 
an instrument of Satan. There he 
was convicted tliat his life must be 
changed. He concluded that he must 
give the rest of his life to God to 
use in His own way and under His 
direction. And we find that in the end 
Moses did deliver God's people. But 
it was done through complete de- 
pendency and waiting upon God. 
Though Moses had lost many years 
of service that he could have given, 
the life that he had left was put 
to work for God. The call of the 
Lord to older men is as old as our 
Bible. 

"The harvest truly is plenteous, but 
the labourers are few" (Matthew 9: 
37). 

The Lord's call is ever the same. 
The responsibility of determining the 
answer and the time rests upon each 
individual. 



Bible Study for April 

"Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen. 

And Yet Have Believed"— John 20:29. 

REVEREND CLAUDE STOGSDILL 



ON THE MORNING of Saturday, 
January 27, 1962, hundreds of 
thousands of eyes were watching, 
thousands of hearts were praying, 
hundreds of minds were believing in 
and for one of the most dramatic 
television programs ever produced. 
America's first Astronaut was to be 



orbited around the earth. An esti- 
mated three to four million dollars 
had at this time been spent on the 
project. 

While the hundreds of thousands 
watched, God alone knew that with- 
in the giant toy of man something 
had gone amiss. Slowly but surely 



kerosene was dripping onto and eat- 
ing into an insulating material sep- 
arating the fuel in the rocket from 
the life-giving oxygen so vital to the 
astronaut in his orbital flight. In be- 
half of the thousands that were 
praying, God caused the heavy clouds 
to move in. They had not been pre- 



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dieted to come in so soon; but still 
they came. And as they came it is 
not only possible but very probable 
they prevented one of the greatest 
tragedies in the history of the United 
States. 

Perhaps there is more than meets 
the eye in the race for space which 
has been introduced so recently by 
the world. 

First of all, the space program of 
the world is a man-made program. 
In a small philosophical sort of way 
God may be found within the fringe 
areas of the program. However, in 
a complete analysis of all facts, we 
find the program has theoretically 
and practically by-passed divine guid- 
ance. In the early days of the space 
program a German scientist (once 
considered by the U. S. government as 
a mad man) made the following 
statement, "Don't tell me man doesn't 
belong up there (space); man be- 
longs wherever he wants to go." In 
the writer's mind, a man that would 
make a statement of this kind is mad, 
whether he is sending deadly rockets 
from Germany toward England or 
whether he is sending rockets from 
the earth toward space. His state- 
ment, nevertheless, is descriptive of 
the present space program, whether 
in the United States or Russia. 

Let us remember as we talk about 
the space program that it is based 
upon things seen by man. By this I 
mean that only after much pains- 
taking research, experiments and ex- 
perience, has man dared to send man 
into orbit. All conceivable problems 
have been theorized, analyzed and ma- 
terialized. The very basis of science 
is observing the known (or visible) 
in order to find the unknown (the in- 
visible). 

The basis for the space program 
then is indeed "that which is seen," 
but the motivation of such a pro- 
gram is something different. That 
which is now known is no longer 
the thing which excites. It is a dull 
and lifeless thing, only to be used 
as a tool in order to go further into 
the unknown. It is the unknown that 
excites the imagination of man. It 
is things "not seen" which is the 
stimulus. It is that which man can 
see only as through a glass darkly 



which is beckoning to the spirit of 
mankind. 

The remarks by Van Braun, "Don't 
tell me man doesn't belong up there," 
were indeed descriptive of the gen- 
eral space program. However, it is 
also true that the space program is 
descriptive of the innate impulsion of 
every man. This inborn and unquench- 
able desire to find happiness some- 
where in the great unknown has fi- 
nally brought to pass the prophecy of 
Isaiah 14:13-14. "For thou hast said 
in thine heart, I will ascend into 
heaven, I will exalt my throne above 
the stars of God: I will sit also up- 
on the mount of the congregation, in 
the sides of the north: I will ascend 
above the heights of the clouds: I 
will be like the most high." It may 
soon lead to the fulfilling of Psalm 
2:2. "The kings of the earth set them- 
selves, and the rulers take counsel 
together, against the Lord, and 
against his anointed, saying, Let us 
break their bands asunder, and cast 
away their cords from us. He that 
sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: 
the Lord shall have them in derision." 
In other words, man in his ultimate 
search for happiness has pronounced 
judgment upon himself, finding only 
grief, sorrow, regret and remorse. 

Nevertheless, we need not despair 
for there is a more real pathway to 
happiness. For man may look into 
a mystery which is far more mys- 
terious than the mystery of creation. 
The mysteries of God are unsearch- 
able and His ways past finding out. 
Romans 11:33— "0 the depth of the 
riches both of the wisdom and knowl- 
edge of God! how unsearchable are 
his judgments, and his ways past 
finding out!" Here is the great sea 
of happiness in which man may bathe. 
The greatest joy on earth or heaven 
is to find Christ as Saviour. Christ 
in turn gives the Holy Spirit that 
we might "see" the mysteries of Al- 
mighty God. 

Many times we harbor and even 
nurture the false idea that had we 
lived when Christ did, had we been 
able to have seen Him in the flesh, 
then life would be much easier. Many 
not only believe this but subcon- 
sciously or perhaps knowingly will 
try to materialize Christ today. This, 



they believe, will make Christ easier 
to worship. Some will go as far as 
to picture His body upon the cross. 
Some will fill their homes with nu- 
merous pictures so they can "see" 
His presence. Crucifixes in millions of 
cases have taken the place of the 
Holy Spirit. Rituals in Protestant 
churches are slowly but surely mov- 
ing out the Spirit of God in order 
that man may "see" his God. It is 
no wonder Christ has said, "Blessed 
are they that have not seen, and 
yet believed." 

Happiness cannot always be found; 
indeed, it is seldom found by search- 
ing for it. Since the world is look- 
ing for material things it is all the 
more certain that happiness will not 
l)e found; at least not for a very 
long period of time. 

It is well for us to remember that 
even that which was visible in Christ 
was cursed by God the Father. The 
man in Christ became sin, causing 
the Father to turn His back upon Him. 
In the man part of Chi'ist there was 
"no beauty that we should desire 
Him." 

The woman at the well who lived 
in the pleasures of this world could 
not help but speak of religion in 
material things. She came for water 
and Christ off'ered spiritual water. 
She could only see the well before 
her. Christ was speaking of a spir- 
itual well that never runs dry. She 
could think of only the prophets and 
Christ spake of the invisible King. 
She spake of mountains and cities as 
places of worship and Christ said 
that we must "worship him in spirit 
and in 'truth." "God," said Christ, very 
emphatically, "is a spirit." 

Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, 
came to Jesus by night. This man 
could see through the miracles that 
Christ must be of God. He could 
not "see", however, the plan of sal- 
vation. To be "born of the Spirit" 
was a mystery to him. Christ talked 
to himi about the invisible things such 
as the wind and said, "so is every 
one that is born of the Spirit." 

It is not the seeing with the eyes 

that God is interested in for us but 

the seeing with the heart. Matthew 

13:13 — "They (world) seeing see not; 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



THE COMMUNION 

Jesus, at Whose supreme command, 

We now approach to God, 
Before us in Thy vesture stand — 

Thy vesture dipped in blood. 

Obedient to Thy gracious word. 
We break the hallow'd bread, 

Commem'rate Thee, our dying Loi-d, 
And trust on Thee to feed. 

Tlie bread Tliy mystic body be. 
And cheer eacli languid heart; 

The cup of blessing, bless'd by Thee, 
Let it Thy blood impart. 

The grace wliich sure salvation brings, 

Let us lierewith receive; 
To feed the hungry with good things 

The hidden manna give. 



ood sent down from Heav'n 



The living bl 

In us vouchsafe to be. 
Thy flesli for all the world 

And all may live by Thee. 



is giv'n. 



Now, Lord, on us Thy flesh bestow. 

And let us drink Tliy blood. 
Till all our souls are filled below 

With the dear life of God. 

— Old German Baptist Hymnal. 

THE MEMORIAL of the broken body and the shed 
blood of Christ is the communion of the body and 
the atoning blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:26). The Pass- 
over typified Christ who would come to be the true Pass- 
over for the salvation of men from judgment (1 Cor. 
5:7, 8). As the blood of a lamb without spot availed as a 
.shelter from the destroying angel (Ex. 12:5, 13) in 
Egypt so was God's Lamb without blemish (1 Pet. 1:19), 
and His shed blood availed for our redemption (v. 18). 
God's Lamb was foreordained for this "before the foun- 
dation of the world" (v. 20), "in whom we have re- 
demption through His blood" (Eph. 1:7). If the Old Cov- 
enant type availed, how much more the One who ful- 
filled that type (Heb. 9:13, 14)! 

In the symbols of the tabernacle there were copies 
of things to come in the church such as the pot of manna 
which speaks of the true bread which later came from 
Heaven (Jn. 6:49-51), and the "shew bread" speaks of 
the Lord's supper or Love Feast which will be fulfilled 
in the kingdom of God (Lu. 22:16, 29, 30), which is de- 
scribed as "the marriage supper of the Lamb" (Rev. 



19:6-9). "The Table of the Lord" and the Eucharist should 
never be separated because the veil which separated the 
"shew bread" in the holy place from the "manna" in the 
holy of holies was done away in Christ, which bi'ings 
both of these sacred emblems together (2 Cor. 3:14; 
Matt. 27:51). It was "as they were eating" that Jesus 
instituted the Eucharist emblems (Matt. 26:26-29). Mark 
says "as they did eat, Jesus took bread, etc." (14:22-24). 
Luke quoted the command to continue the symbol, "This 
do in remembrance of Me" (22:19, 20). The shew bread, 
now Love Feast, speaks of God's people in His presence, 
while the eucharist represents God's presence in Christ, 
Who gave His life for the world, "the bread which came 
down from Heaven" (Jn. 6:50). 

"The cup" (1 Cor. 11:25) is a memorial of the atone- 
ment until Jesus comes again (v. 26). The rnemory of 
His sacrifice reminds us to "lay down our lives for the 
brethren" (1 Jn. 3:16). As Jesus was a Lamb without 
blemish, so should we be "unspotted" in this world (2 
Pet. 3:14). The bread is not made literal flesh by a 
priestly miracle (Jn. 6:63). It is the Word that we live 
by (Lu. 4:4). Observing the emblems that speak of His 
sacrificial love helps us to love Him more (1 Pet. 1:8). 
The church in the wilderness was not without this spir- 
itual food (1 Cor. 10:3, 4), and how much more should 
we have it! Christ has promised to come for those who 
observe these emblems in that they "proclaim the Lord's 
death till He come" (Heb. 9:28). 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 



Carl H. Phillips 



Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 18, 1962 

THE SIN OF GREED 

Text: Exodus 20:17; Luke 12:13-21 

THE LAST OF THE Ten Commandments does not deal 
with any overt act of sin but directly with the evil 
which broods within the breast of the sinner. At times, 
only the sinner and God alone are aware of this sin. 
Covetousness is the desire to have for satisfaction of 
sinful, selfish lusts. It can be greed for power but it is 
usually for something of a material nature. In our mate- 
rial-minded society ever so much corruptness, graft, 
theft, divorce, and a liost of other troubles stem from 
this one sin. "Half the trouble in life is that we think 
there are things we do not possess which we would like 
to possess." (G. Campbell Morgan.) Luxuries become 
necessities and the mind becomes like a gluttonous mon- 
ster that can never be satisfied. 

One may come by his possessions honestly and still 
be guilty of gi'eed. The brother seems to have had a 
legal right to part of the inheritance. The rich man of 
the parable apparently got his wealth from his own 
land by honest toil. It is true that greed leads to ob- 
taining things by criminal means. The sin of covetous- 



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ness lies in the attitude of the person towards things. 
We notice also that God does not condemn the posses- 
sion of wealth as such. He made Abraham and Job to 
be very rich. God does warn about the dangers involved 
in being rich (Tim. 6:17). 

Jesus points out what happens to the greedy person. 
They think that having possessions is life itself. The 
mind is soon encased in things, and life seems to be 
nothing without them. All efforts of life are bent on 
preparations for self and for this world only. He is sure 
that complete satisfaction and complete bliss will be 
found in his possessions "tomorrow." There is no men- 
tion of God at all; no thought of the eternal well-being 
of the soul. The well-being of his SOUL was rested on 
materials of the earth. "That is the most vulgar thing 
that can be said about life; goods the possession of the 
soul, in order that the personality may eat and drinlv 
and be merry." (G. Campbell Morgan.) 

The greedy end up eternal paupers. The rich man's 
soul or life would be required of him. His soul was not 
his own. He did not willingly give it up but it was taken 
from him. His possessions would be left for such as the 
brothers who occasioned this parable. He could take noth- 
ing with him (I Tim. 6:7). He had prepared nothing of 
eternal value that he could receive. He rejected the eter- 
nal glory of God in favor of tempoi'al benefits. A Chris- 
tian who is rich toward God has already given Him his 
body and soul. His death is only the entrance into the 
inheritance which he had left in the hands of God. 

To be rich toward God is to share. with God what both 
you and He cherish most, life itself. It is to live in the 
will and present glory of God. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



PREVENTION AND CURE 
Richard H. Cox 

TT HAS aptly been said, "An ounce of prevention is 
worth a pound of cure." But most of us operate 
on the philosophy that nothing can happen today 
but that we can correct it tomorrow. 

It has been proven that early childhood thinking 
can become indelibly a part of the child in such a 
way that it is irreversible. The mind cannot continue 
to think Jealous thoughts and not become jealous, 
or evil thoughts and not become evil. Our thoughts 
become an intricate part of us and without knowing 
it, we soon act outwardly according to what we have 
been thinking inwardly. These actions soon become 
habitual and often continue for the rest of our lives. 
It becomes vital then what our children have for 
reading, watching, and playing. A recent television 
sui-vey shows that the average school-age child spends 
twenty hours per week watching television. Educa- 
tional authorities estimate that children play less 



outside, read fewer library books, and have fewer 
wholesome activities than did former generations. 
If recent reports are correct (and they certainly 
are ! ) , our Christian schools need to produce a host 
of professionals to do the "curing" in a few years. 
Although Christian people have been very vocal on 
the matter of early training, somehow they seem to 
think that once children grow to an age old enough 
to accept Christian faith that all the pollution of 
childhood will somehow mystically vanish. This is 
no more true than to expect a man who lost a foot 
as a child in an accident to mystically receive a new 
one upon Christian belief! The grace of God is power- 
ful and the "new man" is indeed a reality, but "the 
child is still the father of the man." If our Sun- 
day Schools and churches are concerned with the 
outcome of this generation, let us do more prevention 
and rely less on an ultimate cure. 

— NSSA Link 



TWELVE REASONS FOR VLSITATION 



It was done by Jesus, our Savior. 
It was done by the Apostles. 
It is the greatest need of this present age. 
It wins the confidence of the people. 
It pays dividends for time and eternity. 
It builds every department of the church life. 
It reaches those who could not be reached 
otherwise. 

8. It brings us into closer touch with the lost 
souls. 

9. It brings the greatest joy and rewards to the 
Christian. 

10. It results in many conversions, reclamations 
and rededications. 

11. It will stand the testing fires at the judgment 
of Christ. 

12. It carries out the great commission. 

— First Baptist Church of Canoga Park, California. 



IF I HAD KNOWN 

If I had known 
What troubles you were bearing 
What griefs were in the silence of your face, 
I would have been more gentle and more caring. 
And tried to give you gladness for a space. 
I would have brought more warmth into the place — 

If I had known. 

If 1 had known 
What thoughts despairing drew you — 
Why do we never understand ? 
I would have lent a little friendship to you. 
And slipped my hand within your lonely hand, 
And made your stay more pleasant in the land. 

If I had known. 

— Author Unknown. 



I'age Eighteen 



The 
Woman's 
Cower 

Edith Rod key 



Dear W. M. S. Members, 

How many of you when you pray 
say, "Lord bless our missionaries" ? 
What do you and I mean by the word 
"bless"? I have heard our own mis- 
sionaries suggest that we mention 
their names when praying and pray 
for specific things. 

It is not nearly so effective to 
pray, "God bless our missionaries" as 
it is to make specific requests. Here 
are some suggestions I found which 
have helped me in praying for es- 
sentials and I trust they will help 
you (written by a missionary). 

1. It is not always necessary that 
you ask God to give us good health. 
The important thing is that He gives 
us the measure of health that will 
best glorify Him. 

2. We do not want you to pray 
that God will give us an easy path on 
the mission field and remove obstacles, 
but rather that He will give us 



strength and grace to overcome for 
Him. 

3. It is not so important that you 
should pray that God should bless 
our activities, as that He should di- 
rect our activities, for it is easy for 
time and energy to be spent on sec- 
ond-best things. 

4. Do not pray for us as though 
we automatically lived on a higher 
plane. It is possible to do mission- 
ary work simply in the energy of 
the flesh. Pray that the love of Christ 
may constrain us in all that we do. 

5. Pray that, like the Apostle Paul, 
we may be willing to deny ourselves 
in order to make our lives an ex- 
ample to the believers. Sometimes 
this means the forfeiting of privi- 
leges and material conveniences which 
we have taken for granted all our 
lives but which are a stumbling block 
on the field. 

Let us be faithful, consistent and 
persistent in praying for our mission- 
aries. 

It has been stated that, "Eighty 
percent of sales are made after the 
fifth call, but ninety percent of sales- 
men quit after the first call." In your 
praying for specific things, are you 
in the ninety percent in that you 
quit too soon? OR are you consistent 
in your praying? 

"Nothing lies beyond the reach of 
prayer except that which lies outside 
the will of God." 



The Brethren Kvangclist 

W. M. S. 

(Continued from page 15) 

and hearing they hear not, neither do 
they understand." But for the Chris- 
tian he said, "Blessed are your eyes 
for they see and your ears, for they 
hear." 

The Lord said very plainly that 
the world would not believe without 
something to see. "Then said Jesus 
unto him, Except ye see signs and 
wonders, ye will not believe" (John 
4:48). This type of person is not one 
of the household of faith as is made 
plain in Matthew 12:39, "But he an- 
swered and said unto them, An evil 
and adulterous generation seeketh af- 
ter a sign." 

We are saved through faith, "By 
grace are ye saved through faith" 
(Ephesians 2:8) and we live by faith 
after salvation, "The just shall live 
by faith" (Rom. 4:3). Faith has 
proved through experience to be the 
greatest source of happiness. This 
■proves again that it is not necessary 
to "see" things or ti-ust in material 
things since "faith" according to He- 
brews 11:1, "Is the substance of 
things hoped for, the evidence of 
things not seen." 

Praise . God for John 20:29b, 
"Blessed are they that have not seen 
— and yet believed". 



I 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 

VALUELESS LOST THINGS 

"It was meet that we should make merry, and be 
glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive 
again; and was lost, and is found" Luke 15:32. 

A PERUSAL of the "lost and found" column of the 
newspapers will reveal how many different kinds 
of articles or objects are lost. We all know how un- 
happy we are when we happen to misplace some- 
thing, and how glad we are when we locate it again. 
Just recently I left a small tie clasp — which I have 
had for more than fifty years — lying on the din- 
ing-room table at which I sit. Had used it to fasten 
my napkin while I ate, and afterward laid it aside 
for a moment, and left the table leaving the clasp 
on the table. It was brushed off the table to the floor. 



A while afterward I missed it and went to the dining 
room to hunt it. You can guess my heart beat a note 
quicker when I discovered my clasp. 

That is one of the most beautiful parable-chap- 
ters in the whole Bible. In it Jesus talked about the 
lost sheep, the lost coin and finally about the lost 
son. The lost sheep was, for the moment more im- 
portant than the ninety-and-nine. The lost coin 
was out of circulation, and had no value until re- 
covered. 

And the lost son was somewhere in the "far country". 
And until he "came to himself" and came back to 
his father's house he was a liability to the father's 
home, for he detracted from the sum total of the peace 
and happiness of the father's home, by bringing grief 
to his father. So the father's banquet of rejoicing 
at the son's return is no call for criticism. 

And there should be rejoicing in our hearts when 
one of our fellowmen repents and comes home to the 
Father's house and redeeming grace. 



A noted writer once said, "The parts of the Bible which 
I cannot understand do not trouble me much. I am troubled 
more by the parts I can understand." 



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Washington, D. C. One new mem- 
ber was received into the church 
recently. 

Hagerstown, Md. The W. M. S. 
public service was a scheduled 
event of the evening of February 
25th. A play entitled, "The Ole 
Man", was presented. 

Bryan, Ohio. The annual Father 
and Son banquet, sponsored by the 
Laymen's Organization, was an 
event of February 6th. 

Canton, Ohio (Trinity) . The Can- 
ton church and the Louisville 
church are cooperating in a Teach- 
er Training Program being held on 






Monday evenings in the Louisville 
church. 

Mulvane, Kansas. Brother Bob 
Madoski notes that five new mem- 
bers were received by baptism re- 
cently. 

Brother Madoski was elected 
president of the Mulvane Min- 
isterial Association for the coming 
year. 



COMING EVENTS 

Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Evangelistic Service — Mar. 12-18 
— Rev. Bob Madoski, Evangelist; 
Rev. Frank W. Garber, Pastor. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



MORMONS TO BUILD 
N. Y. SKYSCRAPER 

NEW YORK (EP)— The New 
York Stake (district) of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
(Mormon) has announced its inten- 
tions to build a skyscraper here 
which will serve as an administrative 
and worship center for this area. 

Slated to be a 30 or 40 story struc- 
ture, the building will be located at 
57th and 58th streets just west of 
Fifth Avenue. Many floors will be 
devoted to church offices with the 
tower portion to be rented out as 
office or apartment space. 

G. Stanley McAllister, president of 
the New York Stake, said construc- 
tion will start as soon as building 
plans are completed. It is hoped that 
the building will be ready for oc- 
cupancy by 1965. 

Six plots of land on West 58th 
street have already been purchased 
at a price of $1,250,000 and the 
Church has an option on the property 
at 11 West 57th Street. Tentative 
plans call for the entrance to the 



church portion of the building to be 
on 58th Street with the entrance to 
the commercial section on 57th Street. 

Along with offices of the New York 
Stake, the building will include of- 
fices of the Manhattan Ward, or par- 
ish, a chapel, Sunday school class- 
rooms, and a bureau of public infor- 
mation. 

The Manhattan Ward will hold its 
worship services and carry out its 
educational program in the building. 
The chapel will also be used for a 
program of regular organ concerts 
which will be open to the public. 

The new center is necessary said 
Mr. McAllister, because of "the rapid 
growth of the Mormon Church in this 
area and the increasing demands of 
certain national and world-wide ac- 
tivities of the Church involving New 
York City as a place of transit or 
as a base of operations." 

"The construction of this sky- 
scraper center will mark a new era 
in the progress of the Mormon Church 
in the Eastern part of the United 
States," he added. 



H. D. HUNTER 
RITES 

H. D. HUNTER, commonly known 
as "Bud," was one of the most 
dedicated Christian laymen this 
pastor has ever known. He died 
very suddenly at the LaGrange, 
Indiana, hospital of a heart attack 
on Saturday, February 10, 1962, 
at 10:20 P.M. Bud was 63 years 
old. He had been ill for some time 
and had had nine blood trans- 
fusions. Apparently he was im- 
proving so that his doctor said 
he could go home in two or three 
days, but the Lord decided other- 
wise. Evidently his work on earth 
was done and God needed him. 

We were to have evangelistic 
meetings at our church and I told 
him that I was sorry that he would 
not make it for I wanted him to 
sing, "How Great Thou Art." Bud 
said, "I may fool you. I may get 
there toward the close of the meet- 
ings." But God said, "Come up 
higher." 

The funeral was held at North 
Manchester church Wednesday P. 
M., February 14, conducted by Rev. 
J. Milton Bowman assisted by Rev. 
Clarence Stewart. Burial was in the 
South Whitley cemetery. 

Many people came from various 
places to pay tribute to this man 
of God. The following ministers 
were at the service: Elders E. M. 
Riddle, Virgil Ingraham, Spencer 
Gentle, Herbert H. Gilmer, C. Y. 
Gilmer, William Curtis, Albert 
Curtright, Arthur H. Tinkel, Jr., 
John Byler and his father, William 
Cole, W. E. Thomas, Woodrow Im- 
mel, Clarence Stewart, Glenn 
Grumbling, J. Milton Bowman. At- 
tending from Ashland were Elders 
Clayton Berkshire and St. Clair 
Benshoff, and Field Secretary, John 
Porte. 

Mrs. Hunter has not made defi- 
nite plans for the .future but she 
thinks perhaps she will locate in 
North Manchester. Our deepest 
sympathy is expressed to her and 
the entire family. May God be with 
them is our prayer. 

J. Milton Bowman, 
Elkhart, Indiana 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




BROTHERS MEET 

Dr. J. Garber Drushai 

The short exegesis presented herewith is from the pen 
of Dr. J. Garber Drushai. His unique style I'm sure you'll 
enjoy. Dr. Drushai is head of the Department of Speech 
of The College of Wooster (Ohio). In his busy life he 
finds time to serve the church on the trustee board of 
Ashland College, is chairman of the Rules and Organiza- 
tion committees of both his Ohio District Conference and 
the General Conference, is president of the Board of 
Trustees of Retirement Fund, Inc. and a former editor 
of THE BRETHREN LAYMAN. F. S. B. 



Cast of Characters: Malak, Chief cameltender for Jacob 
Balah, Chief Herdsman for Jacob 
A watchman 
Jacob 
Esau 
Place: A tent of Jacob, on a plain near the water hole 

of Penuel. 
Time: One of God's earlier centuries. 

[At rise of curtain, Malak the Chief Cameltender 
is pacing back and forth in the tent. He looks out 
left over the sands, rock. The Watchman enters 
from left.] 

Cameltender: What news, what do you see? Quickly, 

quickly — 
Watchman: Not one camel or one man anywhere on the 

sky or sand. Not a thing moves. 
Cameltender: Not a one? [Watchman shakes his head.] 

Surely soon. Be off. Run back to the top of the hill. 

Make haste. Return when you see them. Run! Run! 

[Watchman exits out left. Cameltender continues 

pacing. Enter Balah, the Chief Herdsman.] 
Herdsman: Any news? Do we fight now or live another 

hour, another day? 
Cameltender: No, no one in sight. The watchnian was 

just here. 
Herdsman: All is in readiness, but we know not for what. 

The master is spending a few last moments with 

Rachel. He wants no strife. But what will it be ? 
Cameltender: The master does not know. The messenger 

from the plains of Seir said simply that Esau had 

over 400 men, and that they would approach the 

well here. 
Herdsman: But do they come in peace? Will bi-others 

meet in peace ? This is the big matter. 
Cameltender: The master knows not. The messenger said 

the servants of Esau were hooting and jeering. They 



called the master a ladder dreamer, and a goatskinned 
man. One threw a dagger at the messenger. 

Herdsman: But Esau? 

Cameltender: [Pacing and watching out over the sands.] 
Only that he would come. 

Herdsman: I suppose the bi-athers have enough to battle 
over. Both are prosperous, but dare we not hope 
that blood kin can find — 

Cameltender: Here comes the master. 
[Enter Jacob from the right.] 

Jacob: [Eagerly] Is all in readiness? What of the watch? 

Camel tendar: The watcliman is on the hill. 

Herdsman: The cattle and camels are divided into two 
groups. The servants are also in two camps. If there 
is a battle — 

Jacob: But let us hope there is no struggle. 

Herdsman: But master, if there is, one group can es- 
cape. 

Jacob: Good. And the children? 

Cameltender: They are just back. Joseph follovi-ed me 
almost all the way here to the tent. I sent him back 
to the family group. 

Jacob: That boy. Into everything. Malak, you and I 
will go out to meet my brother when the watch- 
man calls. Is a signal arranged ? 

Herdsman: If Esau and his men make war, I will blow 
short blasts on the ramshorn. If he comes in peace, 
a long blast will tell the good news to the two camps. 

Jacob: Well planned, men, and may we go in peace. Much 
has happened since we were young boys in our fa- 
ther Isaac's house. God has been good to our father 
and us. I pray we can go to our homeland without 
bloodshed. 
[Watchman rushes in.] 

Watchman: They come... They come... 

Jacob: Malak and I go to meet them. Watchman, go 
back to the women and the servants, and tell them 
to listen for the ramshorn. 

Herdsman: Go in peace and come in peace, my master. 

Jacob: Come Malak, let us go. [Exit Jacob and Malak, 
left.] 

Herdsman: Watchman, tell me more. Was there no hint 
of how they came ? 

Watchman: None. Except their leader, or so I thought 
him Esau, rode quite well ahead — out alone on his 
camel. 

Herdsman: Go. Listen for the ramshorn. [Exit Watchman. 
Herdsman goes to edge of tent to scan the area to 
left. Malak, the Cameltender returns.] 

Cameltender: [Excitedly.] They come in peace. They em- 
braced and kissed. They spoke of their father. Jacob 
learned of his mother's death. They wept and came 
on this way. 

Herdsman: But did the servants try to kill? 



March 10, 1962 



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Cameltender: No, they followed the pattern of their 
master Esau. They come now. [Enter Jacob and 
Esau.] 

Jacob: They come in jjeace. Bring the gifts. 

Esau: My brother, too, comes in peace. But keep your 
gifts. God has been good to me, likewise. 

Jacob: Nay I pray thee, if now I have found grace in 
thy sight, then receive my presents, for I have seen 
thy face as though I had seen the face of God, and 
you were well pleased with me. 

Esau: Then I take them. Bring them to my camels. 

Jacob: Balah, bring the gifts to us. 



Esau: We shall return to the plains of Seir in peace. 
Jacob: God prepares the way for his children. He hath 

given us the path of peace. Hasten Balah. [Jacob 

and Esau e.xit left.] 
Cameltender: In your excitement, Balah, you forgot... 

you forgot. . . 
Herdsman: Forgot what? 
Cameltender: The ramshorn. . .Blow the signal. . .Blow 

the horn... As Balah leaves, he blows a long blast 

on the ramshorn, as. . . 

The curtain Falls. 

Wooster, Ohio. 




BROTHER HUNTER has c/one to his eternal re- 
ward. He was an outstanding Brethren layman. 
The important positions he occupied in the laymen's 
organization and in the church at large will not lie 
easily filled. Current leaders of our movement write 
in retrospect and send our message of sympathy to 
those who survive: 

H. D. "BUD" HUNTER as I knew him. A Breth- 
ren Layman wholly consecrated to the Lord, ready, 
willing and able at all times to perform any service 
for his Lord. He was congenial, capable and efficient. 
As President of the National Laymen's Organization 
for more than a few years, his wisdom, understand- 
ing and foresight were evidenced by the many for- 
ward strides attained by the Brethren Laymen un- 
der his leadership. 

It was my privilege and pleasure to work with 
him in the consummation of some of these phases 
of Laymen's woi-k. He served his Lord and the Breth- 
ren in many other capacities, the success of which 
speaks so well for his personal efforts. That we shall 
miss his counsel, his guidance, his zealous witness- 
i ing for his Lord is an understatement. We know it 
can truly be said of "Bud" — "Well done, thou good 
and faithful servant." 

JOHN GOLBY, President Emeritus, 
National Laymen's Organization. 

THE LAYMEN were saddened by the untimely 
death of our devoted member and fellow Chris- 
tian worker, "Bud" Hunter. 

Bud was the President of our National Laymen's 
Organization when I became interested and through 
my contacts with Bud, I developed a deep desire to 
do some specific service for the men of our Breth- 
ren denomination. Bud made friends wherever he 
went. All his friends knew him as a Brethren man. 
His one desire was to see our church go forward. 
"Willingness to do all I can for my Church and my 
Lord," seemed to be the motto of Bud's life. 

Bud was loved by many, and had many friends 
both young and old. It is in this capacity of kindly 
friendship that we treasure his memory. 



In closing I would like to use this verse as a tribute 
to Bud. 

"There are no friends like old friends 

To calm our frequent fears. 

When shadows fall and deepen 

Through life's declining years; 

And when our faltering footsteps 

Approach the Great Divide, 

We'll long to meet the old friends 

Who wait on the other side." 

IKE LITTON, President, 
National Laymen's Organization. 

THE BRETHREN CHURCH has suffered a great loss 
in the passing of Brother "Bud" Hunter. His 
smiling countenance soon made any stranger a bosom 
friend. His abilities as a leader caused him to stand 
head and shoulders above the rank and file of his 
fellowmen. God endowed this outstanding layman 
with many talents and he certainly applied those 
talents in a manner that would bring honor to the 
Heavenly Father. 

His tributes to God in song as well as his lead- 
ing the singing at the General Conferences of the 
Brethren Church at his beloved Ashland College, 
shall long be remembered by those attending the 
conference sessions. "Bud" was one of those few lay- 
men in the Brethren Church who knew not the word 
"No" when called upon to render some service to 
his church or his fellowman. 

Despite the fact he carried a heavy schedule of 
responsibilities in our denomination, he always 
"pitched in" whenever asked to serve in any ad- 
ditional capacity. Being thoroughly schooled in the 
workings of the General Conference of the Breth- 
ren Church, his knowledge and experience proved 
invaluable on scores of occasions. 

Surely what the Apostle Paul said to Timothy in 
his second epistle found in chapter 4, verse 7, can 
be said of this good layman: 

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my 
course, I have kept the faith". 

RODGER GEASLEN, Vice President, 
National Laymen's Organization. 



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The Biethien tvangelist 

PICNIC IN JANUARY? 




Activities at Newark 

The Sr. B. Y. C. of Newark, Ohio 
would like to report its activities 
from October until now. 

New officers starting in October 
were president — Kay Wilki7is, vice 
president — Denny Shannon, secre- 
tary-treasurer — Patti McLaughlin . 
advisor — Mrs. Wallace McLaughlin. 

For a Halloween party we took 
a hayride and ended up at the 
parsonage where Denny Shannon 
was host to the party. 

We fixed a food basket for a 
needy family during the Thanks- 
giving season. 

In December we made Christmas 
tags and sold them, the money 
going for the project — Wheels for 
Nigeria and Hands for Crusading. 

At the present we are planning 
for a St. Patrick's Day party and 
the possibility of a banquet in May. 
— Patti McLaughlin, 
secretary 



HOOSIERS AT NEW PARIS 

In February, 1961, Mr. & Mrs. 
Dale Hollar became our new ad- 
visors. We have 8 boys that meet 
each Sunday evening, one hour 
before church services. 

Our officers for the year are: 
Bob Hollar — president, Douglas 
Smoker — secretary, Jim Smith — 
treasurer. 

Here are some of our activities: 
We visited the Brethren's Home at 
Flora, a trip we all enjoyed; we 
entertained the Milford B. Y. in 
June and then in July we visited 
their groups; in October we had 
a hayride and invited the other 
young people of our church. We 
ended this party at the home of 
our advisors with a weiner roast. 
In December we had a Christmas 
party. 

We have had speakers at sev- 
eral of our regular meetings, try- 
ing to reach one of our goals. 

We are selling candy to raise 
money for the National Project at 
the present. 

With a small group we must 
all work harder to meet the goals 
but we are trying to meet as many 
as we possibly can. 

— Douglas Smoker, 
secretary. 



ALL-OHIO YOUTH RETREAT . . . 



APRIL 27-29 



Shown here are some of the kids 
leaving the church for the trip 
and picnic along the Verde River 
in the McDowell Indian Reserva- 
tion. A picnic in January? This 
could only happen in Arizona, in 
fact the youth group from the Pa- 
pago Park Church were the happy 
wanderers. 

Included in the group were Clay- 
ton Berkshire and Marlin McCann, 
who were visiting and presenting 
programs in the various western 
churches along with John Porte. 
Dear Flabby answered pertinent 
questions at the picnic! 

Just recently we had 18 young 
people out for the youth meeting 
on Sunday evening. It is hoped 
that a junior high group can be 
started soon. 

— Rev. H. Francis Berkshire. 



A FIRST! 

The young people of the North- 
ern California District were joined 
together for their first District 
Youth Banquet on January 19, 1962. 
The King's Trio, a group of young 
men from Manteca, brought spe- 
cial music and Marlin McCann, 
National Youth Director, was our 
speaker. The Stockton Sr. B.Y. C. 
sponsored the event. 

Saturday, February 3, the Stock- 
ton group met her challengers, the 
Lathrop young people, in volley- 
ball. Although Stockton lost the 
game, the Christian fellowship was 
enjoyed by 33 youth. 

Our group is also formulating 
plans for a birthday dinner for our 
church which will be explained in 
greater detail at a later date. 
— Sharon Fells, president, 
Stockton Sr. B.Y. C. 



March 10, 1962 



Page Twenty-three 



LEARNING AND FUN . . . 

PLEASANT HILL STYLE 




A water-filled balloon has just burst 
on Kathy Randall. Advisor Jim 
Magee tosses her a towel, being 
careful to stay out of range. 




The boys are trying to whistle. It 
isn't easy if your mouth is full 
of graham crackers! 



Hello there! Since the last news 
you received from us i Evangelist, 
November 11), we have been very 
active. 

On November 26, the Senior B. 
Y. C. held a Fun Day — and was it 
fun! The afternoon was taken up 
with games and afterwards we had 
a spaghetti supper. 

December 17 we rented a bus 
and went to the Youth Rally at 
West Alexandria. (We brought 
home the banner for best atten- 
dance ! ) 

December 18 we went Christmas 
caroling. The advisors won the un- 
dying gratitude of all BYC'ers who 
participated by having hot choco- 
late and weiners waiting at the 
church upon their return. (It was 
cold that night!) 

On New Year's Eve the Senior 
B. Y. C. held a midnight watch 
party at the church. As the New 
Year was fast approaching, we 
sang hymns and held a brief ser- 
vice. 

The Bible Quiz held between the 
Sunday School Teachers and the 
Senior B. Y. C. was so successful 
(for the S. S. Teachers, that is) 
that the Seniors are having 
another — this one with the ad- 
visors. The scripture covered will 
be St. John 1, 2 and 3. 

In the Fellowship Hall (where 
we hold our meetings) , there is a 
question box. As the youth think 
of questions, they drop them in 



the box (anonymously, if they 
wish). When we have time left in 
our meetings, Dennis Randall (one 
of our swell advisors) answers 
them from the Bible. This has been 
a very interesting and inspiring 
part of our program. Maybe your 
youth group could try it too? 

The Senior and Junior B. Y. C. 
held an attendance contest over a 
six-week period. The Seniors were 
ahead right up to the last week, 
but the Juniors (who were not to 
be outdone) worked very hard and 
won the contest. In payment the 
Seniors gave a party for them on 
January 27 in the Fellowship Hall. 
The advisors planned the program 
and did a wonderful job! We played 



games that required the greatest 
of skill. Well, did you ever try to 
drive a straw through a potato, 
or race to chew up a graham 
cracker and whistle, or throw a 
water-filled balloon to your part- 
ner across the room (mops were 
available), or "shave" a balloon 
lathered up with shaving cream? 
Did you? 

We hold meetings once a week 
(Sunday evening before the night 
church service), and we have at 
least one party or get-together 
each month. We feel that the Lord 
has really blessed our youth group, 
and we want to grow and be of 
real value to Him. 

— Janet Bond, Sr. reporter. 



YOUTH WEEK . . . MAY 14-20 

YOUTH SUNDAY . . . MAY 20 



NEO RALLY — N. GEORGETOWN . . . APRIL 8 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 

SARASOTA PASTOR WRITES 

Dear Brother Benshoff: 

It is with deep humility that I write to thank 
you for your kindness to the Brethren in Florida. 
Your Evangelist is excellent in every way and 
it is our prayer that we will be able to give it 
greater support in the future. 

Our hearts have been saddened by the death 
of our loved one, Mother Rowsey. Jean came 
home thi.s week from Iowa, but with her usual 
faith that Mother is better with our Lord and 
Saviour Christ than in this world of heartbreak 
and suffering. Jean has wonderful faith and cer- 
tainly makes a great pastor's wife. 

It was also a sad moment for the Brethren 
when Bud Hunter passed away. The last song 
he ever sang was at the Sarasota church, (the 
little church in the majestic pines) and it was 
wonderful, "How Great Thou Art". He really 
lived in that faith. . .looking for the day when 
he would be with the Lord. I visited him every 
day and sometimes twice a day when he was 
in the Sarasota Hospital. He will be long re- 
membered in my life as a great layman for 
Christ in the denomination. 

Yours in His service. 
Bud Hamel. 



CHANGE OF ADDRESS — PLEASE TAKE NOTE 1 

In a recent letter from Rev. and Mrs. Charles i 
Kraft we were informed that their mail should go i 
to their home address, instead of the address pre- 
viously listed in The Brethren Evangelist. 

REV. AND MRS. CHARLES KRAFT 
85 SHERMAN STREET 
HARTFORD 5, CONNECTICUT 



ONLY FIRM BELIEF IN GOD CAN 
WITHSTAND BRAIN WASHING 

John H. Noble, an American citizen who spent I 
ten years as a prisoner of the Soviet Union, con- _ 
tends that the Armed Forces should stress Chris- 
tian training if they want men to i-esist brain- 
washing tactics. 

Only a man with a strong trust in God can ef- 
fectively bear torture. Physical fortitude is by no 
means adequate in resisting communist starvation. 
"Prisoners who weakened first were strangers to 
the Bible," Noble declared. 



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Page Three 




EiDITORS 



^mancial 

Grisis 

during 

Pmspeniy 



WHAT WERE YOUR earn- 
ings in 1961 ? At this time 
of year, millions of citizens of 
the United States are coming 
to grips with their annual pro- 
duction of a Federal Income Tax 
Report. Because of the nature 
of these reports, most individ- 
uals know to the very dollar how 
much income they earned or re- 
ceived during the year. It may 
not be revealed or admitted in 
any other way, especially as it 
ties in with pledges and giving 
for the support of the Lord's 
work, but when the tax report 
goes to Uncle Sam, that's it, un- 
less you want to live in restless 
fear of being "investigated." 

What were your 1961 earn- 
ings? To examine the financial 
plight of some of our denomina- 
tional agencies, and also more 
than just a few of our local 
church treasuries, it would ap- 
pear that the earnings of Bi-eth- 
ren people were way down in 
1961. True, some areas were hit 
by economic reverses, strikes, 
etc. But we wonder if this was 
the complete cause of the pres- 
ent situation, and we wonder if 
it were true throughout the en- 
tire denomination. 

According to a recent report 
by the National Research Bu- 
reau, Inc., Dearborn, Mich., per- 
sonal income in 1961, despite a 
dip early in the year, reached a 
new high. The report continues 
by saying that "nothing, like it 



has ever been seen before. An 
estimated $800 billion is in the 
liands of the people in the form 
of currency, deposits, savings 
and loan shares, bonds and 
stocks. This is a new high in 
personal wealth." We continue 
to quote from the report: "All 
the while, adding to this abun- 
dance, people keep earning more 
and more money. Wages and sal- 
aries are climbing. Farm income 
is improving. . ." 

At this moment, this scribe 
can feel more than half of our 
readers crawling down his back 
in retaliation because "that isn't 
true with us". We grant that 
many incomes did not rise last 
year, neither will we believe that 
all of our Brethren churches 
have been somehow located in 
economic disaster areas, nor that 
total income of all Brethren fam- 
ilies was less in 1961 than be- 
fore. 

The report as published was 
the result of a national survey 
designed to feel the economic 
and business pulse of a nation. 
The report indicates that we are 
in a time of economic prosperity, 
which (says the report) prom- 
ises to continue. There are sev- 
eral sobering thoughts as this 
matter relates to our church 
work. If there is economic plight 
in our churches in a time like 
this, what of the day when the 
present peak is reached and the 
next inevitable recession begins? 
What will be the plight of the 



Brethren outreach program in 
this year and the next several 
to come as the present national 
prosperity wave continues to 
boost cost of materials and ser- 
vices ? 

If it is of any comfort to us, 
Brethren are not alone in this 
situation. Some other denomina- 
tions and local churches are fac- 
ing the same problems. It does 
seem strange, though, that in a 
nation possessing unprecedented 
wealth that its agencies of spir- 
itual nurture should be suffer- 
ing — that our sacrifices to our 
God should fall short of that 
which is needed. 

Undedicated wealth is the 
reason for it. As you prepare 
and file your 1961 Federal In- 
come Tax Report, and as you 
consider millions of other peo- 
ple doing likewise, see if you can 
find the answer to the plight 
of our churches today. We are 
the stewards of that which God 
has given to us. Our government 
has made it possible to receive 
tax benefits for that which we 
place in the hands of the Lord's 
work. The future is before us. 
Unprecedented wealth is with us 
and it should evoke unprece- 
dented giving to the Lord's 
work. 

In the hands of the Brethren 
is the power to promote the gos- 
pel at home and around the 
world, through dedicated giv- 
ing. W. S. B. 



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Kulp 

Bible 

School 



OUR VILLAGE — Patti Stern 



LIFE IN THE BIBLE SCHOOL village begins early 
in the morning. By daylight the men have eaten 
a handful of cold food, shouldered their hoes, or 
hitched a team of oxen and are on their way to the 
farms. The women are stirring around the compound, 
bringing water, sweeping, or grinding flour for the 
morning meal. Promptly at 7:00 they are in the class- 
room studying, reading, writing, Bible, or other sub- 
jects until 8:00. After their morning class they will 
hurry home to cook the morning meal for their fam- 
ilies. At about 10:00 or shortly before, the men come 
in from the fields, clean up and eat breakfast, then 
go off for their turn in the classroom. They begin 
each day with chapel, followed by Bible and related 
courses, and agricultural courses. The women take 
up in the fields where the men left off. They spend 
the day hoeing, stopping briefly to nurse the baby 



or gather leaves for the soup for supper, and return 
to their compounds about 3:30. As they come in from 
the fields, they meet their husbands going back to 
the farms, since their classes finish at 3:30. The 
women quickly wash themselves and change their 
clothes and appear in the classroom again to spend 
the hour from 4:00 to 5:00 studying. Then the wo- 
men keep busy until dark drawing water again, grind- 
ing, or hoeing in their okra and bean kitchen gar- 
dens, and cooking supper. After supper the school 
building is lighted with electricity and the men return 
there to study their lessons for the next day. At 10:00 
the generator is stopped, the lights go out, and the 
men return to their compounds and another day 
is ended in the Bible School village. 

As the moon rises over the scene it glints from the 
metal roof of the school and reflects palely from the 



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white cement sides of the water-tank rising up four- 
teen feet. The village slumbers peacefully, with only 
the tiny crackling of a small fire in an occasional 
compound to break the stillness of the African night. 
The village looks neat and orderly, for this is a 
"model village" built on a uniform pattern. 

The village is laid out along five cross-streets, with 
a wide main street dividing it in half from east to 
west. The large "Main Street" is named after the 
principal river of Nigeria, and so is called Niger Ave- 
nue. The cross streets are named after other African 
rivers: Benue, Hawal, Yedseram, Gonggola, and Nile. 
Naming was done by the students. Each compound 
is fifty feet square and contains a round mud house 
for cooking and a rectangular mud house, 12' x 22', 
with two rooms. All the houses are thatched with 
grass. Since there was insufficient money to buy grass 
mats to fence the compounds, the students undertook 
to do this work themselves, and the women spent days 
carting in corn stalks, which the men then tied up 
into compound fences, thus giving themselves some 
privacy, and greatly improving the appearance of 
the village. Behind each compound is a vegetable 
garden of the same size as the compound. The com- 
pounds are laid out on a checkerboard pattern, so that 
each compound is faced on three sides by garden, 
and on the front by a street. This also increases 
privacy. Each student has dug a latrine in his com- 
pound, and if he wishes to keep chickens or ducks, 
he must have them adequately fenced and housed. 

At present there are a total of twenty-five families 
or nearly one hundred persons living in the Bible 
School village, and all building has been paid for by 
the Nigerian Church. It is devoutly hoped that there 
will be sufficient funds to double the size of our vil- 
lage and take in an additional class next year. 

In their vegetable gardens, the students have 
planted various kinds of vegetables, leaning heavily 
toward tomatoes, sweet corn, carrots, and peppers; 



but also planting other kinds of new vegetables to 
try them. They have planted zinnias, marigolds, and 
balsam at their doorways and around the houses 
inside the compound walls. 

The village is organized governmentally into four 
"zones," each having its chief, with one village head 
over all. The chiefs were chosen by vote, and the stu- 
dents showed wisdom in the selection of their vil- 
lage head, in choosing an older man with a family, 
a licensed minister, one who has had twelve years 
of experience as an evangelist in an outlying village. 
Problems within the "zone" are settled, if possible, 
by the chief of the zone; but if he feels he cannot 
settle it, it is taken to the village head and his council 
of the four zone chiefs. Thus the village problems 
are handled — the school problems are handled by the 
principal of the Bible School. 

The women are also organized among themselves 
so that they can be more efficient in their activities 
of grinding and carrying water for those women who 
are sick or who have a new baby. 

There is also a dispenser who dispenses aspirin, 
anti-malarial medicine, eye-drops, diarrhea mixture, 
etc., morning and evening for the lesser ills of the 
community. Serious illnesses or emergencies are taken 
either to the government hospital in Mubi (twelve 
miles) or the mission hospital in Lassa (thirty-five 
miles) . 

Sunday mornings the entire village and the other 
worshippers from the surrounding area, gather for 
Sunday school and church. In the afternoon the men 
sit under the village council tree and chat, and fre- 
quently the women take the children for a walk. Soon 
the men will begin their Sunday afternoon preaching 
in nearby villages. 

A day at the Bible School is often long and ex- 
hausting, but it provides occasions for joy and op- 
portunities for learning to live in a Christian com- 
munity. 



IF I Go NOT, Pray NOT, Give NOT. 



If I GO not... to those who have not heard; 
If I withhold from them God's precious Word; 
If sin-cursed heathen go to Christless graves 
And never, never know that Jesus saves; 
If by my negligence some souls are lost 
Despite God's mercy and Calvary's untold cost; 
If I care not for those in distant lands. 
Shall not their blood-guilt be upon my hands? 

If I PRAY not... for those who witness bear; 

If I no intercessory burden share; 

If God's dear servants ne'er are in my heart. 

And in their labors, I have no part; 

If by my prayerlessness there comes an hour. 



When they lack wisdom, or grace, or strength, 

or power 
And captive souls escape not sin's strong bands. 
Shall not their blood-guilt be upon my hands? 

If I GIVE not . . . and by my selfishness 

I cause God's work and Workers sore distress; 

If my poor stingy heart will hardened be 

To needs of others, their necessity; 

If by my failure some shall never hear 

The message of salvation, then I fear 

Mine is the sin, and justice fair demands 

That I accept the guilt of bloody hands! 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Daily 




Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "EXPLORING THE DEPTHS" 
Theme for April— "OP WORLD OUTREACH" 



MARGUERITE KRAFT is our De- 
votional Meditations writer for the 
month of April. She is married to 
missionary Charles Kraft. The Krafts 
have served for several years on our 
mission field in Nigeria, West Africa. 
At present, they are on a year's leave 
of absence while "Chuck" continues 
his language studies at Kennedy 
School of Missions, Hartford, Conn. 
They live at 85 Sherman St., Hart- 
ford 5, Conn. 



Writer for April — MARGUERITE KRAFT 
April 1st through 7th — "The Field" 



April 1, 1962 

Read Scripture: Mattheio 28:16-20 

Scripture verse: And he said un- 
to them. Go ye into all the world, 
and preach the gospel to every 
creature. Mark 16:15. 

Christ tells us that we must go 
forth to every part of the world 
and proclaim the Good News. Too 
often we build a church building 
and then expect those needing a 
Savior to come to the church to 
find Him. Did Christ mean that 
we should rely so much on the 
chui-cli services? We need to go out 
individually with His message. 
Christ sent His disciples to find the 
lost and today He sends you and me 
to our neighbor, business partner, 
school friend — to every creature. 
There is no room for complacency. 

A Bible seller in Casablanca was 
aslced, "Why have you not run ev- 
erywhere with this Book? Why do 
so many of my people not know 
the Jesus it tells about? Why have 
you kept it to yourselves?" 
The Day's Thought 

Go involves movement, not wait- 
ing. Your love and devotion to 
Christ is only real to you as you 
express it to others. 

April 2, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 17:13-19 

Scripture verse: As thou hast 
sent me into the world, even so 
have I sent them into the loorld. 
John 17:18. 

In Jesus' prayer before He was 
taken into custody, He pleads with 
the Father to keep His followers 
from the evil one. He again points 
out that He has sent them into 
the world to bear witness of the 
truth. 

The other day I was reminded 
of the people who are living for 
Christ and witnessing in lands 



where the Christian church is not 
allowed. In America we so often 
expect our attendance at church 
to let others know that we are 
Ciiristians. Or perhaps we say a 
few words to invite others to 
church and thus to Christ. In lands 
wliere Christians are not allowed 
to have services or discuss their 
faith, their testimony is completely 
shown in the looks on their faces 
and their actions and every-day 
attitudes. 

The Day's Thought 
If we were limited to showing 
our faith in action and attitudes, 
how much of a testimony to God 
would we be? 

April 3, 1962 

Read Scripture: Matthew 13:18-23, 
36-43 

Scripture verse: He answered and 
said unto them. He that soiveth the 
good seed is the Son of man; The 
FIELD IS THE WORLD. Matt. 13: 
37, 38. 

The world is a field in which 
good seed and weeds are growing. 
They look alike in their early 
stages. Matthew explains that the 
devil is the sower of the weeds 
and Jesus the sower of the good 
seed. 

In looking at men one sees that 
it is not the black vs. the white 
skin, the educated vs. the unedu- 
cated, the cultured vs. the uncul- 
tured, the Jews vs. the Gentiles, 
or the Brethren vs. the Presby- 
terians that really matters. It is 
a difference rather of the kind of 
seed or weed that is maturing with- 
in a person. The field is the whole 
world and God alone can discern 
the line between the good and the 
bad in the field; God alone sees 
man and all of a man's life. 



The Day's Thought 

God was very world-conscious in 

that He gave His Son to die for 

all mankind, not just for one race, 

one culture, or one church group. 

April 4, 1962 

Read Scripture: Psalm 19:1-4, 14 

Scripture verse: Their line is 
gone out through all the earth, and 
their ivords to the end of the loorld. 
Psalm 19:4. 

God's creation is a witness to 
Him through all the world. Peo- 
ple everywhere are conscious of the 
existence of God. 

We soon realized in Nigeria that 
the people there believed in God — 
the Maker of heaven and earth. 
They knew that man is separated 
from Him. Their need concerning 
God was to learn how to come to 
know Him personally — to put their 
faith and trust in Him. 

How true it is that man's need 
at home as well as abroad is to 
get into the right relationship with 
God. We have a common ground 
wherever we go because all men 
need to know of Christ, the Way 
to God. As Christians we know the 
answer to man's dilemma. 
The Day's Thought 

Our commitment to God can be 
the revelation to others of Christ's 
love and sacrifice for all. 

April 5, 1962 
Read Scripture: John 8:2-11 

Scripture verse: For God sent not 
his Son into the loorld to condemn 
the loorld; but that the world 
through him might be saved. John 
3:17. 

We must understand that God 
did not send Christ into the world 
to judge the world, but to save it 
— through Him. So our message to- 
day is one not centered on judg- 



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ment, but rather on salvation 
through Christ. 

When the leper came to Christ 
with the plea, "If you want to, you 
can make me clean," Christ reached 
out and touched him — the untouch- 
able! Thus He showed His accep- 
tance of him as he was. Christ 
entered the home of the dishonest 
tax collector, Zacchaeus, showing 
his acceptance of him as a person 
and then He dealt with him. All 
who came in sincerity to Christ 
were accepted and then dealt with 
concerning their salvation. 

The Day's Thought 
Our outreach for Christ cannot 
be effective if our attitudes are 
those of judging others, changing 
them in their ways, and then pre- 
senting the plan of life eternal. 

April 6, 1962 
Read Scripture: I John 5:1-5 

Scripture verse: And loe knoio 
that ice are of God, ayid the whole 
loorld lieth in wickedness. I John 
5:19. 

"We know that we are of God's 
family, while the whole godless 
world lies in the power of the evil 
one." (The New English Bible) 

Being in God's family carries 
with it the responsibilities that 
members of a family share. How- 
ever painful or difficult, or, on the 
other hand, however inconspicuous 
or humdrum life may be, we find 
our peace in accepting and play- 
ing our part in God's family plan. 

Today as always there is the 
necessity of a clear-cut choice for 
each of us. The choice is whether 
we will align ourselves with God, 
or with the forces which are against 
God. If we are "of the family of 
God" we can know and no longer 
guess the answers to these ques- 
tions: "Who am I?" "What is hfe?" 
"What is God?" "Where do I go?" 
"What is the truth?" 

The Day's Thought 
"No man can meet Jesus Christ 
and ever be neutral again." Dr. E. 
A. Nida. 

April 7, 1962 
Read Scripture: I Timothy 1:12-17 

Scripture verse: This is a faith- 
ful saying, and worthy of all ac- 
ceptation, that Christ Jesus came 
into the world to save sinners, of 
lohom I am chief. I Timothy 1:15. 

Paul realized that he was a great 
sinner. He had persecuted many 



Christians and thus had persecuted 
Christ, Himself. Even so, Christ, 
who came to save sinners, had mer- 
cy on him and saved him. Paul be- 
came a demonstration of the ex- 
tent of Christ's patience towards 
men, an example for all who in the 
future would have faith and gain 
eternal life. What kind of an ex- 
ample of God's power and grace 
are we? 

Just as our bodies come in con- 
tact with some dirt each day, so 



zi ew s 



Oak Hill, W. Va. Sunday morn- 
ing services of the Oak Hill church 
are being broadcast over WOAY 
during March. 

Brother M. W. Dodds notes that 
he is devotional speaker over 
WOAY the week of March 19th. 

Both Sunday school and morning 
worship services during February 
increased in attendance over a year 
ago — Sunday school by ilVc and 
worship by 33%. 

Washington, D. C. One new mem- 
ber was received recently. 

Georgetown, Del. Evangelistic ser- 
vices have been in progress at the 
Mt. Olivet church March 7th 
through 18th. Brother Percy C. 
Miller is the Evangelist and Broth- 
er William A. McDaniel is the Pas- 
tor. 

Bethlehem, Virginia. The W. M. S. 
public service was held on February 
16th. Rev. Merle Grouse, Missionary 
to Ecuador, was the speaker. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. The Men 
and Boys' banquet is scheduled for 
March 26th. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. The Pleasant 
Hill church hosted the community 
showing of the film, "Facts of Life," 
sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Min- 
isterium, the evening of February 
25th. 

Flora, Indiana. Mrs. Arthur H. 
Tinkel has been a patient at 
Rochester (Minn.), Methodist Hos- 
pital, where surgery was scheduled 



our hearts come in contact with 
sin. They become stained and we 
need to be cleansed inwardly with 
God's Word, just as we are washed 
outwardly. We cannot effectively 
tell others of Christ until we have 
asked Him to cleanse us within. 

The Day's Thought 

Willingness to admit our sinful- 
ness is directly related to the ef- 
fectiveness of our witness for 
Christ. 






for her. We ask that prayer be 
lifted to the Throne of Grace in 
her behalf, and for her husband, 
pastor of the Flora church; their 
pastor-sons, Arthur J., at Gratis, 
Ohio and Paul D., at Brush Valley, 
Pa.; and for other members of 
the family. 

South Bend, Indiana iArdmore) . 
The Boys' Brotherhood public ser- 
vice was held on February 25th, 
with Rev. Richard Schuler, of 
Greater European M